Women's Health

Women’s Health research examines common health issues that affect the health and wellbeing of women and aims to optimise health and wellbeing. Our research utilizes a wide range of basic, clinical and epidemiological approaches in obstetrics and gynaecology to further understand a variety of common conditions including complications of pregnancy, reproductive health (particularly heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, menopause and women’s cancers) and is multidisciplinary in scope

Groups / Projects Research Lead Dept / Centre
A Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence General Practice
Abnormal Placental Stem Cells And Their Role In Human Pregnancy Pathologies Dr Bill Kalionis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Antibody to PfEMP1: role in immunity to malaria in children and pregnant women Group Leader Professor Stephen Rogerson Medicine and Radiology
Associations between domestic violence in pregnancy and women’s and their subsequent children’s outcomes Ashlee Smith
Dr Anna Price
Paediatrics
Australians’ expectations of personal genomics: the GeNIOz project Paediatrics
Beyond Silence Project Leader Dr Laura Tarzia General Practice
Bone and Mineral Research Group Group Leader Professor John D Wark
Medicine and Radiology
Bone strength in young healthy females, older patients with low-trauma fracture and older healthy adults: peripheral quantitative computed tomography based finite element analysis Group Leader Prof. John D Wark Medicine and Radiology
Building Early Attachment and Resiliance (BEAR) - an early intervention for parents and infants Director, Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital Professor Louise Newman
Psychiatry
Can dietary phytophenols improve pregnancy outcomes? Associate Professor Martha Lappas Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Centre for Women’s Mental Health Research Psychiatry
Cognitive Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Dating Violence, help-seeking and Technology in Australia Deputy Head of Department Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Defining the role of embryo implantation failure in infertility and IVF success. Professor Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Development and evaluation of guidelines and an intervention for moving on from IVF in women with a low chance of success Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Development of new treatments to halt the spread of endometrial cancer. Professor Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Does weekly iron supplementation increase iron uptake in pregnant Vietnamese women, and improve maternal and infant health? Group Leader Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs Medicine and Radiology
Early detection of cognitive decline and Dr Alison Flehr Medicine and Radiology
Early intervention with men who use violence (eMATE) Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Eggsurance? Making decisions about elective egg freezing Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Elucidating the role of SPINT1 in placental insufficiency Associate Professor Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Endometriosis: Characterising genetic risk, disease pathogenesis and unexplored therapeutic opportunities. Dr Sarah Holdsworth-Carson Obstetrics and Gynaecology
EndoNeeds: Investigating the unmet physical, psychological and social needs of Australian women with endometriosis. Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
EndoNeeds: Investigating the unmet physical, psychological and social needs of Australian women with endometriosis. Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Establishing the roles of Plasmodium falciparum merozoite invasion proteins Dr Paul Gilson Medicine and Radiology
Fertility After Cancer Predictor (FoRECAsT) Study Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Fertility decision tools for young women with breast cancer Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Fertility preservation in children and teenagers with cancer Senior Lecturer Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Fetal Welfare Assessment Director Prof Shaun Brennecke  Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Genetics Education and Health Research Research Group Leader Professor Sylvia Metcalfe
Paediatrics
Gynaecology Research Centre Professor Women's Health Research Professor Peter Rogers
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Healthy Ageing Program Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Medicine and Radiology
Hickey Research Group Obstetrics and Gynaecology
How is hair cortisol related to mother's mental health and wellbeing over time? Prof Sharon Goldfeld
Dr Anna Price
Paediatrics
I-DECIDE: Trial of an online healthy relationship tool and safety decision aid for women experiencing domestic violence Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Imaging Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Improving Vitamin D status and related health in young women: The Safe-D study – Part B Group Leader Prof. John D Wark Medicine and Radiology
Inflammatory mediators in the development of preeclampsia and pre-term birth. Professor Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Innate immune responses to Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes Group Leader Professor Stephen Rogerson Medicine and Radiology
International and Immigrant Health Group Leader Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs
Medicine and Radiology
Investigating current and future education and training needs of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine Paediatrics
Investigating the basis of antibiotic resistance in Mycoplasma genitalium Dr Gerald Murray Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Investigating the role of novel miRNAs in preterm birth Associate Professor Martha Lappas Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Investigating the role of novel proteins and genes in gestational diabetes Associate Professor Martha Lappas Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Iron and Fatigue Dr Marjan Tabesh Medicine and Radiology
Is there a role for adipose (fat) tissue in malaria? Project Lead Dr Elizabeth Aitken Medicine and Radiology
Labour & Delivery Research Clinician  Dr Penny Sheehan  Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Lifestyle and Prevention Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Low Literacy Decision Aid about Reproductive Choices for Younger Women with Breast Cancer Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
M-ficolin in the Immune Response to Plasmodium falciparum malaria Dr Louise Randall Medicine and Radiology
Menstrual concerns in young women: the father's perspective (DADs Study) Senior Lecturer Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mental Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Mercy Hospital Perinatal Research Group Head of Research Group Professor Sue Walker
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
MicroRNA effects on embryo implantation Dr Wei Zhou Obstetrics and Gynaecology
microRNAs in Endometrial Cancer Dr Ellen Menkhorst Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Molecular Microbiology and Reproductive Health Research Group Honorary, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Royal Women's Hospital/Mercy Professor Suzanne M. Garland
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Moving on from IVF in women with a low chance of success Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Multimorbidity in Ageing Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
MUM SIZE Study Head of Research Program Professor David Story Medicine and Radiology
Musculoskeletal and Bone Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Obstetrics, Nutrition and Endocrinology Group Associate Professor Martha Lappas
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Paediatric and Adolescent Fertility Preservation Taskforce Senior Lecturer Yasmin Jayasinghe
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pre-eclampsia - Eclampsia Director Prof Shaun Brennecke Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Prediction of ovarian malignancy in children with ovarian cysts Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pregnancy Specific beta-1 glycoproteins (PSGs) and their role and function in preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction Associate Professor Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Prenatal testing: a longitudinal study - the PeTALS project Project Leader Dr Jan Hodgson Paediatrics
Preterm Labour Senior Research Fellow Dr Harry Georgiou Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Prevalence of menstrual disorders in young women and associations with the early life environment Prof Martha Hickey Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Priorities and Needs of Women Living with Advanced Cancer Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Priorities and Needs of Women Living with Advanced Cancer Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
PROSPER: PRevalence Of unwanted Sexual contact: Pursuing Early Recognition Project Leader Dr Laura Tarzia General Practice
Quality of Life Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Quantitative imaging in dementia Prof Patricia Desmond Medicine and Radiology
Refolding of exported proteins in malaria parasites Dr Paul Gilson Medicine and Radiology
Relationship between the microbiome and female infertility. Professor Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Risk identification and Risk Assessment Framework Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Rogerson Laboratory: Pathogenesis of malaria and immunity in children and pregnant women Group Leader Professor Stephen Rogerson
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Women's Hospital Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine Pregnancy Research Centre Director Prof Shaun Brennecke
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Rural Health Academic Network (RHAN) Director, Rural Health Academic Network Dr Helen Haines Rural Health
Safe Mothers, Safe Babies - Promoting safety and early parenting in high-risk relationships Director, Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital Professor Louise Newman
Psychiatry
Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll: Young people and risk behaviours Dr Megan Lim Medicine and Radiology
Sexting, porn, and Tinder: An investigation of education and health promotion Dr Megan Lim Medicine and Radiology
Sexual Abuse and Family Violence: SAFE Research Program Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty
General Practice
Sexual and Reproductive Health in Adolescence Director of Research Training Professor Meredith Temple-Smith General Practice
Sexual dysfunction in women who have experienced cancer Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Structural biology of proteins involved in infection Dr Craig Morton Medicine and Radiology
Surgical experience in paediatric gynaecology Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe Obstetrics and Gynaecology
SUSTAIN: Sustainability of Identification and Response to Family Violence in antenatal care Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Testing therapeutics for infertility in organoid models Professor Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The Evaluation of a Decision Aid for Women Considering Non-medical Egg Freezing Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The prognosisdiagnosis of common pregnancy complications utilising genetic material found in extracellular vesicles derived from maternal blood and urine. Dr Bill Kalionis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit Research Group Leader Dr Michelle Peate
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Translational Obstetrics Group Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Professor Stephen Tong
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Understanding the genetic basis of lipedema Dr Ramin Shayan Surgery
Understanding the pathogenesis of gestational diabetes Associate Professor Martha Lappas Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Understanding what triggers birth? New opportunities for prevention of early delivery Associate Professor Martha Lappas Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Using metabolomic mass spectrometry imaging to better characterise endometriosis Dr Sarah Holdsworth-Carson Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Uterine dysfunction in Recurrent miscarriage Dr Ellen Menkhorst Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Validating a generic mood question in a large cohort of Australian women Prof Lynn Kemp
Dr Anna Price
Paediatrics
Vascular Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
What does it cost to do research with women experiencing adversity? Prof Sharon Goldfeld
Dr Anna Price
Paediatrics
WITH: Women’s Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings Primary Investigator Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Women's Healthy Ageing Project Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
WomenCAN: Promoting and advancing women’s health and wellbeing after cancer Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Impact of risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy on non-cancer outcomes in young high-risk women: a multicentre prospective study. Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Melbourne, The Royal Women's Hospital Professor Martha Hickey Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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