- Prof Jeff Keelan
- Dr Shin Lee
List of Investigators
- Prof John Newnham, University of Western Australia
- A/Professor Alexander Larcombe, Curtin University
- Dr Kym Guelfi, University of Western Australia
- Prof Andrew Whitehouse, Telethon Kids Institute
- Prof Roger Hart, University of Western Australia
- A/Prof Andrew Lewis, Murdoch University
- Dr Tim Fairchild, Murdoch University
- Prof Vera Morgan, University of Western Australia
- Dr Stuart Watson, Murdoch University
- Dr Brad Hayhow, University of Notre Dame
- Dr Gavin Pereira, Curtin University
- Dr Caitlin Wyrwoll, University of Western Australia
Overview of the current data resources available in the SIG area
Data resources include:
- Pregnancy (18 and 34 weeks), obstetric, birthweight and neonatal outcome data
- Maternal blood (serum at 18 and 34 weeks), cord blood (serum), placentas (sections)
- Breastfeeding data; placental/foetal growth data
- Maternal anthropomorphic/demographic/ethnicity/lifestyle/drug intake data
- Maternal exercise/diet and pregnancy outcome data
- Maternal/foetal blood endocrine disrupter measurements
- Cord blood immunology/endocrine/steroid/neurosteroid profile
Overview of current/recent SIG activity
- Obstetric Complications and Offspring Mental Health Outcomes (PMED23 approval)
- Describing the relationship between prenatal growth and developmental outcomes in childhood
- Effects of antenatal exposure to steroids (androgens, estrogens and neurosteroids) and endocrine disrupters (BPA, phthalates) on sexual development, neurodevelopment and behaviour
Outline of SIG plans for next 5 years
- Expand the focus of use of data from pregnancy into adulthood and into the next generation (3 generations) to look at pregnancy influences from one generation to the next
- Expand the focus of perinatal mental health and mental health measures in current and future data
Brief list of potential student/early career researcher projects
- How does the perinatal environment (external exposures and internal modulators) influence paediatric, adolescent and later-life development?
- How does antenatal and postnatal growth and development influence adult health, behaviour and disease risk?
- What biomarkers can be measured/defined/interrogated that predict later-life physical and mental health and disease?
- Can cutting-edge ‘omic’ technologies be exploited in archived samples to provide insights into maternal and neonatal health and development?
- What are the intergenerational aspects of pregnancy and perinatal health?
- What is the impact of socioeconomic/societal factors in the antenatal and perinatal period on offspring health and development?