About LIFT


 

What is bovine lactoferrin?

 

What are the study procedures?

 

What are we trying to find out?

 

How many babies are taking part?

 

Coordination, sponsorship and funding

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What is bovine lactoferrin?

Human lactoferrin is a protein in breast milk that helps protect infants against infection. Bovine lactoferrin is a dairy protein in cow's milk and a normal part of our diet.

Several products containing bovine lactoferrin are listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Bovine lactoferrin is classified as Generally Recognised as Safe by the United Stated Food and Drugs Administration.

What are the study procedures?

When babies are enrolled in the study, they will be given either

a)      bovine lactoferrin (BLF, the study treatment) added to the milk

b)      nothing added to the milk

What are we trying to find out?

The main research question is whether adding bovine lactoferrin to feeds improves survival free from infection and other complications in very-low-birthweight babies.

How many babies are taking part?

A total of at least 1100 very-low-birthweight babies will take part in this study.

Coordination, sponsorship and funding

This multicentre trial is coordinated by CTC and is sponsored by the University of Sydney. Funding is provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).