Raine Study Foundation Investigators
In 1989 Professor John Newnham invited more than 3000 pregnant women to join a research study at King Edward Memorial Hospital to examine ultrasound imaging. These mothers were assessed at 18 weeks of pregnancy, then some of them again at 24, 28, 34 and 38 weeks. Along with Professor Newnham, a group of prominent investigators (Professor Fiona Stanley, Professor Lou Landau and Professor Con Michael) formed a group to establish these families into a cohort study, focusing on the child, to determine how events during pregnancy and childhood influence health in later life. Professors Newnham, Stanley and Landau are still lead investigators with the Raine Study and play an active role in the management, research, development and funding of the Study.
Professor John Newnham AM is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine), The University of Western Australia. He is Head of the School of Women and Infants Health based at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Director of the Women and Infants Research Foundation. He was awarded an Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honour List. Professor Newnham has continued to play an active role in the Raine Study over the past 25 years. He leads research in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHAD) and collaborates across all areas of research. His energy and dedication to the Raine Study has enabled cohort to become one of the longest running and most successful pregnancy cohorts in world and he continues to be actively involved in Raine research projects and successful funding applications. Professor Newnham is a founding member of the Raine Study Executive Committee.
Professor Fiona Stanley AC is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (now Telethon Kids Institute), Inaugural Chair of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She was named Australian of the Year in 2003. In 2004, Professor Stanley was honoured as a “National Living Treasure” by the National Trust. She is the UNICEF Australian Ambassador for Early Childhood Development. Professor Stanley has been actively involved with the Raine Study since the formation of the cohort. She has been wholly dedicated to the continuation of the study and as Director of the Telethon Kids Institute fought to support and continue the cohort through 20 years of their lives, successfully obtaining competitive grant funding to do so. Professor Stanley retired as Director of the Telethon Kids Institute in 2011 but continues to be involved in Raine Study research projects and follows with great interest and pride the achievements of the Raine Study and the Raine Study participants. Professor Stanley was a founding member of the Raine Study Executive Committee. She retired from this position in 2014 but continues to attend Raine Study special events when possible. Her energy and passion has been one of the driving forces in the international success of the Raine Study.
Emeritus Professor Lou Landau AO is a paediatric respiratory physician specialising in physiological, clinical and epidemiological research in childhood respiratory disease. He was Chair of the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at PMH for 10 years and subsequently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Australia for nine years. He is the founding Chair of the Institute for Child Health Research. Professor Landau was awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to paediatrics and research in respiratory medicine in 1996. He, along with Professor John Newnham, Professor Fiona Stanley and Professor Con Michael established the Raine Study Cohort. Professor Landau has continued over the past 25 years to be actively involved in Raine research projects and successful funding applications. He is a founding member of the Raine Study Executive Committee and continues serve as an integral member of the Committee.
Professor Con Michael AO was a founding member of the Raine Study. Professor Con Michael is an Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the UWA. He is a Director and Governor of the University of Notre Dame Australia and Chair of its Advisory Board of the School of Medicine Fremantle. He is the current President of the Medical Board of Western Australia, a Director of the Australian Medical Council, a member of various State and National Medical Committees, and Chair of the St John of God National Ethics Committee and Chair of the Reproductive Technology Council of Western Australia.
Inaugural Chair of the Raine Study Executive Committee
Professor Ian Puddey served as Dean of the UWA School of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences from 2005 to 2014. Professor Puddey was the inaugural Chair of the Raine Study Executive Committee and took this position in 2005. Under his leadership the Executive Committee successfully led and governed the Raine Study for 10 years. Professor Puddey retired as Dean of Faculty at the end of 2014. With his retirement from the position of Dean, the position of Chair of the Raine Study Executive Committee ceded to Professor Robyn Owens. The Raine Study Executive Committee members, the Raine Study Directors, management and all the Raine Study Researchers acknowledge the major role Prof Puddey has played in the successful growth and development of the Raine Study.
Past Raine Study Executive Committee Member
Professor George Yeoh was a National Health and Medical Research Council fellow for 20 years and is currently the Associate Dean, Research in theUWA Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, as well as well as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Professor Yeoh served on the Raine Medical Research Foundation Board for 13 years and represented the Raine Foundation on the Raine Study Executive Committee for over 10 years. The Raine Foundation has generously supported the Raine Study since the beginning of the Study as well as supporting the Raine Study Scientific Directors. Professor Yeoh has provided an enormous wealth of scientific knowledge and expertise to the Raine Study. He retired from this position in 2014 and was succeeded by Professor Norman.
Professor John Challis is currently Executive Director; WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN), having served as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Medical Research at UWA from 2014 – 2015. John holds the title of University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor at the atUniversity of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University. John completed his training at the Universities of Cambridge, University of California, San Diego and Harvard Medical School and held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, before moving to McGill University, Montreal, Canada. More recently he served as Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, and later as Vice President Research and Associate Provost of that University. He was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and served as President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in Vancouver BC.
Inaugural Raine Foundation Raine Study Scientific Director
Associate Professor Craig Pennell is the Associate Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine at The University of Western Australia at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth. His current position includes clinical maternal fetal medicine, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research with collaborators in Perth, Toronto, Alberta, USA, Mexico, Korea, China, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, and Switzerland. Professor Pennell represents the Raine study in many multinational genetics consortiums investigating the role of genetics in the developmental origins of health and disease. The Raine Medical Research Foundation has generously supported the position of the Raine Study Scientific Director. Professor Craig Pennell was appointed the inaugural Raine Foundation Raine Study Scientific Director in May 2008. Craig undertook a strategic review of the cohort and under his leadership the Raine Study flourished and developed with increased research collaboration locally, nationally and internationally. Core funding was secured and The Raine Study saw improvements in successful grant funding and an increase in productivity. Craig retired from this position at the end of 2012 and was invited to join the Raine Study Executive Committee.
Past Raine Study Project Manager
Dr Garth Kendall was the first Project Manager of the Raine Study from 1994 to 2002 working with the Raine Study participants from when they were two years old through to 10 years of age. During this time he completed an MPH and a PhD using Raine Study data. Garth was involved in the growth of the Raine Study incorporating a larger group of researchers in the development and utilisation of a large and valuable data resource. He was responsible for the development of a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the collaboration between the Telethon Kids Institute and the Women and Infant’s Research Foundation and the formation of the Core Management Group. Garth’s involvement in the Raine Study led him to follow a research career with the aim of identifying causal pathways leading to child mental health and developmental outcomes. He continues to collaborate with Raine Study investigators and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute.
Nick Sloan followed Garth Kendall as the Raine Study Project Manager and managed the 14 and 17 year cohort assessment. He left the Raine Study in June 2007.
Jenny Mountain joined the Raine Study in September 2007. She managed the assessment of the Raine Study cohort at ages 17, 18, 20 and 22, the Raine Study male fertility study and set up the 27 year cohort follow-up. She supervised the relocation of the Raine Study from Telethon Kids Institute to UWA. She managed the follow-up of the Raine Study Cohort off-spring. During this period there was increase in research activity and output with the number of research groups increasing to twenty five. Jenny left the Raine Study in December 2016.