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Probiotics for treating infant colic research wins acclaimed Dean’s Award

Probiotics for treating infant colic research wins acclaimed Dean's Award

Probiotics for treating infant colic research wins acclaimed Dean’s Award

Congratulations to Paediatrician Dr Valerie Sung who will receive a prestigious Dean’s Award for Excellence from the University of Melbourne in recognition of her PhD thesis: Probiotics for treating infant colic.

Infant colic, or excessive crying for no apparent cause, is extremely common and can have significant consequences for the baby and their mother’s mental health. It affects up to 20% of infants.

Probiotics for treating infant colic, which was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in April 2014, is the largest and most rigorous trial to date to show the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri is ineffective in treating both breast and formula fed infants with colic, despite other studies recommendations supporting its use.

The recipient of this prestigious research award was recently announced by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in their Research News (Published 12/08/2016).

Read the full article online via the MCRI website:

MCRI Website - Research News →

Since completing her PhD, Valerie is continuing research as a Clinician Scientist Fellow within MCRI Population Health and Community Health Services Research group, funded for one year through MCRI. She works as a paediatrician at The RCH Centre for Community Child Health and Department of General Medicine.

Dr Valerie Sung is a General, Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician – she also consults privately at Melbourne Paediatric Specialists at the Children’s.