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Brian Darlow trained at Cambridge University, elsewhere in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, with a spell in Papua New Guinea.

He returned to the department as Senior Lecturer in 1982 and was appointed to the Chair of Paediatrics in 2001.  From 2007 until 2018 Brian held the Cure Kids Chair of Paediatric Research at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Through most of his career he has worked as a clinical neonatologist with research interests including free radical disease in the newborn, particularly retinopathy of prematurity, neonatal networking and the epidemiology and outcome of complications of prematurity. In recent years he has led the NZ 1986 VLBW Follow-up Study assessing young adult outcomes of this national cohort of very preterm infants compared with term born control subjects.

Interests outside of medicine include ornithology and tramping.

Read about the NZ Very Low Birthweight study

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Crowther, C. A., Ashwood, P., Middleton, P. F., McPhee, A., Tan, T., Harding, J. E., for the MAGENTA Study Group, including Austin, N., Darlow, B. A., Dixon, B., Gullam, J., Leishman, D., Dawson, P., Devenish, C., Gaerty, K., Tomlinson, P. A., & Miller, H. (2023). Prenatal intravenous magnesium at 30-34 weeks' gestation and neurodevelopmental outcomes in offspring: The MAGENTA randomized clinical trial. JAMA, 330(7), 603-614. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.12357

Darlow, B. A. (2023). Primary prevention of ROP: More can be done in all settings. Expert Review of Ophthalmology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17469899.2023.2245143

Cameron, V. A., Jones, G. T., Horwood, L. J., Pilbrow, A. P., Martin, J., Frampton, C., Ip, W. T., Troughton, R. W., Greer, C., Yang, J., Epton, M. J., Harris, S. L., & Darlow, B. A. (2023). DNA methylation patterns at birth predict health outcomes in young adults born very low birthweight. Clinical Epigenetics, 15, 47. doi: 10.1186/s13148-023-01463-3

Bolbocean, C., van der Pal, S., van Buuren, S., Anderson, P. J., Bartmann, P., Baumann, N., … Darlow, B. A., … Horwood, J., … Woodward, L., … Petrou, S. (2023). Health-related quality-of-life outcomes of very preterm or very low birth weight adults: Evidence from an individual participant data meta-analysis. Pharmacoeconomics, 41, 93-105. doi: 10.1007/s40273-022-01201-2

Robinson, R., Girchenko, P., Pulakka, A., Heinonen, K., Lähdepuro, A., Lahti-Pulkkinen, M., … Darlow, B. A., … Horwood, L. J., … Räikkönen, K. (2023). ADHD symptoms and diagnosis in adult preterms: Systematic review, IPD meta-analysis, and register-linkage study. Pediatric Research, 93, 1399-1409. doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01929-1

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