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
An assessment and Validation of screening tools for Sleep Apnea in Singleton and Multiple Pregnancy Dr Megan Rees Medicine and Radiology
Antibiotic stewardship and related polices impact on child health outcomes Dr Yanhong Jessika Hu Paediatrics
Antibody to PfEMP1: role in immunity to malaria in children and pregnant women Group Leader Professor Stephen Rogerson Medicine and Radiology
Application of computational biology approaches to identify and develop biomarkers to predict pregnancy disorders and guide clinical practice. Professor Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Australians’ expectations of personal genomics: the GeNIOz project Paediatrics
Beyond Silence Project Leader A/Prof Laura Tarzia General Practice
Biomarker Discovery Group Associate Professor Harry Georgiou
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Bone and Mineral Research Group Group Leader Associate Professor Chris Yates
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
Breast Cancer Head of Group Professor Bruce Mann
Lead Researcher Dr Anita Skandarajah
Surgery
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 research excellence in cervical cancer control Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Characterising the functional role of VEZT in endometriosis Project Leader Dr Jacqueline Donoghue Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Cognitive Health Project Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Core Outcomes in Menopause Project Leader Professor Martha Hickey Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Centre of research excellence on women and non-communicable disease (CRE WaND): Prevention and Detection Project Leader Professor Martha Hickey
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Critical regulators of endometrial receptivity Project Leader Professor Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Critical regulators of placentation Project Leader Prof Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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
Developing novel therapeutic strategies to reduce spontaneous pre-term birth Associate Professor Natalie Hannan
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 novel point-of-care diagnostics tests and surveillance tools for malaria Prof James Beeson Medicine and Radiology
Development of novel therapeutics to prevent or treat preeclampsia Associate Professor Natalie Hannan
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Discovering the targets of drugs that stop malaria parasites invading red blood cells Dr Paul Gilson Medicine and Radiology
Discovery and translation of interventions to control sexually transmitted infections and their consequences 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 – Factors at 45 that predict cognitive decline over 70 Dr Andrew Hua Medicine and Radiology
Early intervention with men who use violence (eMATE) Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Elucidating the role of SPINT1 in placental insufficiency Associate Professor Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit Research Group Leader Dr Michelle Peate
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Endocrine Surgery Associate Professor Julie Miller
Surgery
EndoNeeds: Investigating the unmet physical, psychological and social needs of Australian women with endometriosis. Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
EndoNeeds: Investigating the unmet physical, psychological and social needs of Australian women with endometriosis. Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Evaluating information resources for women considering elective egg freezing Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Evaluating molecular biomarkers of anal cancer risk Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Facilitating endometrial receptivity to improve pregnancy outcomes Project Leader Professor Eva Dimitriadis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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 adolescent and young adult cancer survivors Dr Jennifer Marino 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
Global Health Research Group Leader Professor Beverley Ann-Biggs
Infectious Diseases
Gynaecology Research Centre - Hickey Group Research Group Leader Professor Martha Hickey
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecology Research Centre - Reproductive Biology Group Professor Eva Dimitriadis
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecology Research Centre - Rogers Group Professor Women's Health Research Professor Peter Rogers
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Healthy Ageing Program Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Medicine and Radiology
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies in Papua New Guinea – The impact of nutrition, malaria, and other infections on pregnant women and infants Prof James Beeson Medicine and Radiology
Heart Health in Women: Role of Physical Activity to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease Dr Erin Howden Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health
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
Identifying new therapeutics for endometriosis using high throughput molecular and compound phenotypic screens Project Leader Dr Jacqueline Donoghue Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Identifying novel placental-released biomarkers of preeclampsia Project Leader Dr Ellen Menkhorst Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Imaging Project Leader Monique Stagnitti Medicine and Radiology
Improving diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis Project Leader Professor Peter Rogers Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Improving reproductive health through infectious diseases research Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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
Improving Vitamin D status and related health in young women; the Safe-D study – (part A) Group Leader Professor 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
Integrative analysis of OMICs and phenotypic data for disease stratification of endometriosis Project Leader Dr Sarah Holdsworth-Carson Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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 metalloproteinases and their inhibitors in association with the short cervix and fetal fibronectin for the prediction of preterm labour in symptomatic women. Project Leader Associate Professor Harry Georgiou
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Investigating the basis of antibiotic resistance in Mycoplasma genitalium Dr Gerald Murray Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Iron and Fatigue Dr Monique Stagnitti 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 Project Leader Dr Edward Hill Medicine and Radiology
Low Literacy Decision Aid about Reproductive Choices for Younger Women with Breast Cancer Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Maternal Fetal Medicine Pregnancy Research Centre Director Prof Shaun Brennecke
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mechanistic and translational studies in female reproductive health Project Leader Professor Eva Dimitriadis
Mental Health Project Leader Professor Lorraine Dennerstein Medicine and Radiology
Molecular Microbiology and Reproductive Health Research Group Honorary, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Royal Women's Hospital/Mercy Professor Suzanne M. Garland
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Molecular Oncology Research Group Leader Professor Elizabeth Vincan
Infectious Diseases
Most Bothersome Symptom: a new research outcome in women with endometriosis Prof Martha Hickey Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Multimorbidity in Ageing Project Leader Dr Kate Gregorevic Medicine and Radiology
MUM SIZE Study Head of Research Program Professor David Story Critical Care
Musculoskeletal and Bone Health Project Leader Dr Raquel Pedrero-Chamizo Medicine and Radiology
Nanomedicine targeted delivery of therapeutics to the placenta to treat preeclampsia Associate Professor Natalie Hannan
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Newborn Research Centre Head of Research Group Professor Peter Davis Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Obstetrics, Nutrition and Endocrinology Group Research Group Leader Associate Professor Martha Lappas
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Osteosarcopenia assessment in resource-limited settings Dr Jesse Zanker Medicine and Radiology
Paediatric and Adolescent Fertility Preservation Taskforce Senior Lecturer Yasmin Jayasinghe
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pathogenesis and Immunity in Malaria Research Group Leader Professor Stephen Rogerson
Infectious Diseases
Perinatal Research Group Head of Research Group Professor Sue Walker
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
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
Priorities and Needs of Women Living with Advanced Cancer Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Probiotic therapy Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Prognostic biomarkers of preterm labour. Development of a predictive test kit for preterm labour. Associate Professor Harry Georgiou
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Promoting and advancing midlife health in women Project Leader Professor Martha Hickey Obstetrics and Gynaecology
PROSPER: PRevalence Of unwanted Sexual contact: Pursuing Early Recognition Project Leader A/Prof Laura Tarzia General Practice
Quality of Life Project Leader Dr Katherine Campbell Medicine and Radiology
Quantitative imaging in dementia Prof Patricia Desmond 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
Rural Health Academic Network (RHAN) Director,
Rural Health Academic Network A/Prof Jennifer Weller-Newton

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
Sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis Research Group Leader Dr Simon Graham
Infectious Diseases
Spermtyping – Single cell analysis of the generation of genetic diversity via DNA repair pathways Dr Wayne Crismani Medicine and Radiology
Structural biology of proteins involved in infection Dr Craig Morton Medicine and Radiology
Studying novel proteins in preeclampsia Associate Professor Tu'uhevaha Kaitu'u-Lino Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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 prognosisdiagnosis of common pregnancy complications utilising genetic material found in extracellular vesicles derived from maternal blood and urine. Dr Bill Kalionis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Therapeutics Discovery and Vascular Function Group Associate Professor Natalie Hannan
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Translational Obstetrics Group Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Professor Stephen Tong
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Understanding the burden and consequences of Mycoplasma genitalium infection Dr Dorothy Machalek 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 biomarkers and ultrasound in late pregnancy to minimise preventable stillbirth: the BUMPS study Head of Research Group Professor Sue Walker
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Vascular Health Project Leader Professor Philippe Lehert Medicine and Radiology
WITH: Women’s Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings Primary Investigator Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
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
‘Find and Follow’: scoping the data capture, reporting and follow-up of (i) pregnancies complicated by congenital abnormalities, (ii) health and development among ‘high risk’ newborns Head of Research Group Professor Sue Walker
Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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