Research Capacity Development Committee

The aim of the Stillbirth CRE Research Capacity Development Committee is to provide opportunities to advance training of new researchers (research only, clinicians, midwives etc), to ensure the CRE legacy is carried on beyond the duration of the funded program.

  • Professor Jonathan Morris

    Professor Jonathan Morris

    Co-lead Research Capacity Development; Co-lead Care After Stillbirth

    jonathan.morris@sydney.edu.au

    @jthanmorris

    Jonathan Morris is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist.  Currently, Professor Morris is Director of The Kolling Institute, based at Royal North Shore Hospital. The Institute aims to embed high quality biomedical research within health to realize its mission of research discovery, development, delivery and dissemination for healthy people, healthy lives and communities. Professor Morris also leads the Perinatal Research Division within the Kolling Institute, a team comprising over 30 researchers in Basic Science, Clinical and Population Health Perinatal Research.

  • Dr Hanna Reinebrant

    Dr Hanna Reinebrant

    Post-doctoral Research Officer; Co-lead Research Capacity Development

    hanna.reinebrant@mater.uq.edu.au

    @HannaReinebrant

    After completing her PhD in perinatal neuroscience in 2014, Hanna took up a postdoctoral position in the Stillbirth CRE. Her main work focuses on causes and classification of stillbirth, and she also has a keen interest in the role of placenta and decreased fetal movements in stillbirth. Some of her current studies include: Biomarkers in pregnancies with decreased fetal movements, Investigating the causes of stillbirth and Classification systems for data-rich settings.

    She has authored 20 publications, cited nearly 500 times. Hanna has also presented her work at national and international conferences, workshops and seminars. She has been facilitator for research training courses and has ongoing involvement in committees and scientific panels. She is also involved in supervision of research students.

  • Dr Adrienne Gordon

    Dr Adrienne Gordon

    Co-lead Risk Factors; Lead Public Awareness

    adrienne.gordon@sydney.edu.au

    @AdrienneOz

    Doctor Adrienne Gordon is known nationally, and emerging internationally, as a clinician and academic establishing a strong research career in the area of stillbirth and adverse perinatal outcomes. Currently a Neonatologist in the RPA centre for newborn care, Dr Gordon is also an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Sydney. Having completed a PhD on risk factors for stillbirth, her current ECR Fellowship aims to develop and pilot test a culturally appropriate information resource for pregnant women targeting health behaviours that can optimise pregnancy outcome.

  • Professor Christine East

    Professor Christine East

    Co-lead Clinical Education; Co-lead Research Capacity Development

    christine.east@monash.edu

    Christine East has extensive research and clinical experience and wide reaching collaborative networks. These have enabled the development of research efforts for evaluating and improving the perinatal health of Australia’s mothers and babies. Professor East’s research networks and endeavours compliment her appointment as the inaugural Professor of Midwifery, Monash University and Monash Health, Victoria, given her detailed understanding of the interface between the clinical setting and academia. Professor East has led changes to clinical practice at Monash Health through the introduction of evidence-based guidelines and internationally through systematic reviews of her own and others’ studies.

  • Professor Euan Wallace

    Professor Euan Wallace

    Co-lead Prediction and Placenta

    euan.wallace@monash.edu

    @euan_wallace

    Euan Wallace currently holds clinical positions as Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Monash University; Director of Obstetric Services at Monash Health; and Co-Director, The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research.  Over a period of 25 years, Professor Wallace’s research has addressed diverse aspects of fetal and maternal medicine, including fetal development and maternal physiology.  The major areas of research currently being addressed by his group are: fetal growth restriction, preeclampsia, placental ageing and stillbirth, and cell therapies.

  • Ms Aleena Wojcieszek

    Ms Aleena Wojcieszek

    Associate Investigator; ECR lead: Care After Stillbirth; Co-lead: Care in subsequent pregnancies following stillbirth; PhD candidate

    Mater Research Institute - The University of Queensland

    aleena.wojcieszek@mater.uq.edu.au

    @aleenawoj

    Aleena’s research background in health psychology and clinical perinatal epidemiology specific to reproductive health and decision-making. Her current work is focused on implementation science in the context of perinatal health, particularly improving mothers’ and babies’ health and preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes such as stillbirth.

    Aleena worked on the Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths, published in January 2016, where she co-authored two series papers and the series executive summary. She has also collaborated with the World Health Organization and Norwegian Institute of Public Health to develop global frameworks and customisable technical tools for electronic health registries for maternal and child health – coined eRegistries. Aleena is a Cochrane systematic reviewer and member of the Australasian node of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group. She also works closely with the International Stillbirth Alliance and is a member of its Scientific Advisory Committee.

    Aleena is an Associate Investigator on the Stillbirth CRE and Early Career Researcher (ECR) lead for its Care After Stillbirth program. She is currently completing a PhD on informing clinical practice for care during subsequent pregnancies following a stillbirth and co-leads the Stillbirth CRE's subsequent pregnancy research stream.

  • Professor Vicki Flenady

    Professor Vicki Flenady

    Director; Co-lead Risk Factors; Co-lead Implementation

    vicki.flenady@mater.uq.edu.au

    @vickiflenady

    Vicki Flenady was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine, for her widely recognised work as a national and international perinatal epidemiologist. With a background in midwifery, clinical epidemiology, and biostatistics, she is involved in large scale perinatal epidemiological studies on risk factors and data quality at a national and international level with a focus on stillbirth prevention. A Founding Member and Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA), Professor Flenady is also the Chair of the International Stillbirth Association’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

  • Professor Sailesh Kumar

    Professor Sailesh Kumar

    Co-lead Prediction and Placenta

    sailesh.kumar@mater.uq.edu.au

    Professor Kumar is a Maternal and Fetal Medicine Sub-specialist at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane and Head of the Academic Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Queensland. He leads an active research group collaborating across specialities both in basic science as well as clinical projects. Professor Kumar is also Visiting Professor at the Imperial College in London and is actively involved in both clinical practice and research.

  • Associate Professor Philippa Middleton

    Associate Professor Philippa Middleton

    Co-lead Implementation

    philippa.middleton@adelaide.edu.au

    Philippa Middleton is a Principal Research Fellow in the Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children Theme of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and an Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide.  As a perinatal epidemiologist and implementation scientist, she specialises in randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, research synthesis, guidelines, research reporting standards and translating research evidence into policy and practice. Her areas of expertise include preterm birth, nutrition, diabetes, stillbirth and health disparities, and she has a particular interest in Indigenous health.

  • Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

    Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

    NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow

    Dr. Miranda Davies-Tuck is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, with a focus on perinatal and clinical epidemiology. Located in Melbourne at the Ritchie Centre, she has developed an integrated program of perinatal research, spanning laboratory-based discovery research, clinical trials, implementation science, and health policy to address key maternal health priorities.

    Specifically, Miranda’s work focuses on understanding ethnic differences in maternal and perinatal outcomes, reducing stillbirth, assessing the effectiveness of current antenatal and intrapartum interventions, homebirth and undertaking randomised trials to assess the efficacy of interventions in pregnancy and birth.

    Dr. Davies-Tuck has obtained ~$1M in competitive research funding, including a New Investigator NHMRC Grant (CIA $384, 565).

    In 2015, she also established a collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, now Safer Care Victoria and is a founding member of the Consultative Councils Research Committee. In this role Dr. Davies-Tuck also undertakes research to address health policy priorities and inform government policy.

  • Professor Susan McDonald

    Professor Susan McDonald

    Midwifery mentorship; Clinical guidelines

    S.McDonald@latrobe.edu.au

    Susan McDonald currently holds a full time joint professorial appointment between La Trobe University and Mercy Health in Victoria. Her role encompasses research training and education for midwives, women’s health and neonatal nurses. Professor McDonald is a member of the PSANZ ANZSA Steering Committee , a trainer for IMproving Perinatal mortality Review and Outcomes Via Education (IMPROVE), and has been involved in the development of a new PSANZ ANZSA education program related to fetal growth and prevention of stillbirth. Professor McDonald is the deputy Chair, Consultative Council for Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality Morbidity, and a member of the maternal, mortality, morbidity, and stillbirth sub committees.