TASTE trial – TAste and Smell To Enhance nutrition

Project type/s Case control study, Clinical trial
Project status Planning/Submitted for approvals

Very premature babies are not able to coordinate suck and swallow and are therefore fed milk through a tube placed into their stomach. This study investigates whether premature babies have a better weight at discharge if they smell and taste their milk with tube feeding, as our pilot trial suggests.

Team Members

  • Friederike Beker - Team Role: Principal Investigator
  • David Risson - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Elizabeth Hurrion - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Fiona Hutchinson - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Ian Hughes - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Kelly Dixon - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Lucy Cooke - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Luke Jardine - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Maureen Dingwall - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Prof Helen Liley - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Prof Vicki Clifton - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Richard Mausling - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Deborah Caldararo - Team Role: Research Assistant

Current Student Opportunities

Very premature babies are not able to coordinate suck and swallow and are therefore fed milk through a tube placed into their stomach. This study investigates whether premature babies have a better weight at discharge if they smell and taste their milk with tube feeding, as our pilot trial suggests.

Positions available for:
Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
MD Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
Honours Student

Contact Person: Friederike Beker
Email: friederike.beker@mater.org.au

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