ANZPRA Executive Committee
PRESIDENT: NATALIE HANNAN
Associate Professor Natalie Hannan is a NHMRC RD Wright CDF Fellow, who leads the Therapeutics Discovery and Vascular Function in Pregnancy Group at the University of Melbourne. A/Prof Hannan’s research focuses on understanding the dysfunctional placenta and developing novel therapeutic strategies to combat serious pregnancy complications, especially preeclampsia, hypertension in pregnancy and fetal growth restriction. Natalie is also the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion of the Faculty of MDHS at the University of Melbourne, she is a staunch ambassador women in STEM and is passionate about reducing the gender bias women face in our field.
SECRETARY: JO JAMES
Associate Professor Jo James is an HRC Sir Charles Hercus Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, NZ. Dr James' research focuses on using a combination of in vitro, in vivo and in silico models to understanding how the placenta develops in normal pregnancy, why this occurs differently in FGR, and how we can relate these changes in structure to differences in exchange function. The overall aim of this work is to develop ways to detect FGR babies in early pregnancy, and develop therapeutic inverventions aimed at targeting the root cause of placental dysfunction.
TREASURER: GUIYING NIE
Professor Nie is based in the Centre for Reproductive Health the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Victoria. With a focus on the uterus and intra-uterine environment for embryo implantation, placental development, and long-term health consequences, A/P Nie works closely with specialist clinicians to address key women’s health issues. Her current research interests include uterine infertility and receptivity for embryo implantation, non-hormonal contraception, uterine cancer, and diseases of pregnancy in particularly preeclampsia.
MEMBERSHIPS OFFICER: SARAH MARSHALL
Dr Sarah Marshall is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow located at the Ritchie Centre, Monash University/Monash Medical Centre. Here, she is undertaking her first post-doctoral position with Professor Euan Wallace. Dr Marshall’s research focuses on investigating potential treatments to target and improve maternal and placental blood vessel function in complicated pregnancies.
MEMBER: KIRSTY PRINGLE
Associate Professor Kirsty Pringle is a teaching/research academic in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle. After more than a decade as a full-time researcher, and an ARC Future Fellow (2016-2020) in the Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Sciences she was appointed to an ongoing teaching/research position at UON in 2020. Kirsty leads the Pregnancy and Placental Biology Research Group and is Director of the largest Indigenous pregnancy through early childhood cohort worldwide (Gomeroi Gaaynggal). Kirsty’s primary research interest is in the intrauterine, circulating, and intrarenal renin-angiotensin systems in pregnancy and how they contribute to complications of pregnancy.
SOCIAL MEDIA LIASON: NATASHA DE ALWIS
Natasha de Alwis is a PhD student in the Therapeutics Discovery and Vascular Function Group (part of the Translational Obstetrics Group) at the University of Melbourne. Her project focuses on understanding and modelling the systemic vascular changes in pre-eclampsia and its long-term effects, as well as assessing the role of candidate therapeutics on vascular reactivity.
MEMBER: CAITLIN WYRWOLL
Dr Caitlin Wyrwoll is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Her research group uses a range of multidisciplinary imaging approaches to understand how early life environment impacts on placental development and function and fetal outcomes. They also take a life course approach to track how environmental changes in pregnancy impact on maternal and offspring health.
ECR REPRESENTATIVE: JOSH FISHER
Dr Josh Fisher is a Postdoctoral research fellow working out of Mothers and Babies Research Centre, Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle. His research focuses on mitochondrial adaptions and metabolism in the human placenta, and the involvement of mitochondria in gestational disorders.