Two Faculty of Nursing researchers were part of the new funding announcement from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) made on May 12. A total of $6.45 million will advance knowledge around preterm births and improve the health outcomes for premature babies, something both Karen Benzies and Shahirose Premji have been working toward throughout their careers.
[…] Associate professor Shahirose Premji investigates psychosocial, cultural and environment factors to develop interventions to prevent preterm births. She is also an adjunct associate professor with the Department of Community Health Sciences. Premji is co-investigator on a national project — the Pan-Canadian Preterm Network — to bring together researchers, doctors, nurses and families to improve the delivery of care for babies born more than eight weeks early. Over the next five years, this network hopes to increase the rate of preterm infant survival without complications by 30 per cent. Premji will represent nursing on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pan-Canadian Preterm Network.