Paediatrics

Research Staff

Professor Ralph Nanan

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Professor, Dr med. habil (University of Wuerzburg)
CHAIR OF PAEDIATRICS
SUB-DEAN OF RESEARCH

Professor Ralph Nanan is a Paediatrician, who joined the Nepean Hospital from Germany in 2002. He was appointed Chair of Paediatrics in March 2005. Professor Nanan has a special research interest in infectious diseases, clinical immunology and neonatology. He was the first to describe measles virus epitopes recognised by human T lymphocytes. In addition, his research has contributed to our understanding of which elements of the immune system confer long-term protection after immunization.
He is also heavily involved in research of the developmental origins of disease and h.ealth with the Charles Perkins Centre

Besides this Professor Nanan is investigating the role of T regulatory cells in newborns as well as in children suffering from atopic eczema.

Contact:

Phone: +61 2 4737 2612
Fax: +61 2 4734 2561
Email:

Nepean Hospital
P.O Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751

Dr Alison (Sally) Poulton

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Senior Lecturer, MA MBBChir MRCP(UK) FRACP
PAEDIATRICIAN

Dr Poulton was appointed senior lecturer in 2006. Her research interest is in the effect of stimulant medication, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), on growth and physical maturation in children. She is looking prospectively at body composition, rate of progression of skeletal maturation and attainment of puberty in children on stimulant medication.

Contact:

Phone: +61 2 4734 3363
Fax: +61 2 4734 2561
Email:

Nepean Hospital
P.O Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751

Dr Anthony Liu

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Senior Lecturer, MBBS (USyd), DCH, FRACP, MPH
PAEDIATRICIAN

Dr Liu was appointed Lecturer in Paediatrics in 2006 having been a Staff Specialist Paediatrician at Nepean Hospital. Dr Liu has a keen interest in teaching and is currently enrolled in the Master of Medical Education at the University of Sydney. His research interest revolves around the effects of illicit drug use in pregnancy on the newborn infant.
Contact:


Phone: +61 2 47343363
Fax: +61 2 4734 2561
Email:

Nepean Hospital
P.O Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751

Dr Brigitte Nanan

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Scientific Officer

Dr Brigitte Nanan graduated in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Vienna, Austria. After completing her diploma in Immunology at the Institute of Virology and Immunobiology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany, in 1998, she continued to work in Immunology and completed her PhD in 2002 mainly working on the role of cellular Immunology in models of autoimmunity.
Since 2004 Brigitte has worked at the University of Sydney Medical School Nepean. Her main interest is to study the role of human regulatory T cells in health and disease, as well as the Immunology of pregnancy.

Contact:


Phone: +61 2 47342612
Fax: +61 2 47342561
Email:

Nepean Hospital
P.O Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751

Dr Peter Hsu

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Dr Peter Hsu

Contact:


Phone: +61 2 47342121
Email:

Nepean Hospital
P.O Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751

Dr Girish Deshpande

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Dr Girish Deshpande
Staff Specialist Neonatology, NICU


“Probiotic gives new hope to premature babies” Dr Girish Deshpande from Sydney’s Nepean Hospital and Nepean Clinical School

ABC News Report - 2 case studies

Contact:


Phone: +61 2 47342121
Email:

Nepean Hospital
P.O Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751

PAEDIATRIC RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Fetal origins of diseases.
  • How maternal factors influence fetal growth patterns.
  • The impact of the internet/Apps on medical care.
  • Infectious diseases, clinical immunology and neonatology.
  • The role of T regulatory cells in newborns as well as in children suffering from atopic eczema.
  • The effects of illicit drug use in pregnancy on the newborn infant.
  • The role of cellular Immunology in models of autoimmunity.
  • The role of human regulatory T cells in health and disease.
  • The Immunology of pregnancy.
  • The use of probiotics in premature babies.
  • Phenotypic and functional analysis of regulatory T cells in adults and newborns.
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
  • Investigation of height, weight and pubertal status of adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • The effect of stimulant medication on appetite and hormone levels and correlation with clinical effect on alertness.
  • The effects of smoking on glucose metabolism of the newborn.
  • The effects of maternal obesity in perinatal medicine.
Contact

Phone: +61 2 47343363
Email:

Nepean Hospital
P.O Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751