Research locations

Research activity of the Discipline is strong. Focus areas of research include endometrial disorders, reproductive immunology, preeclampsia and fetal insufficiency. The Discipline is a leader in several international trials particularly in newborn care and high risk obstetrics. The Discipline effectively utilises routinely collected data to inform health service provision and evaluation of perinatal health care.

A breadth of post graduate research opportunities exist in all aspects of obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology.

Each of the teaching hospitals has laboratory research facilities and these are listed below.

Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Westmead Hospital

Nepean Hospital

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - Central Clinical School

Queen Elizabeth II Research Institute for Mothers and Infants

Associate Professor Kirsten Black

Associate Professor Kirsten Black is a gynaecologist with a PhD in pubilc health. Her clinical and research interests span the following areas:

  • Pre-pregnancy care
  • Early pregnancy care and complications
  • Contraception
  • International maternal and reproductive health

The central secretariat maintains the administrative control of the Discipline, responsible for curricula, examinations, policy, post-graduate courses and University relations.

The Queen Elizabeth II Research Institute laboratory group has a long-standing interest in endometriosis research. Our research is broadly focused around understanding the pathogenesis of the disease, investigating pain mechanisms and improving diagnosis. The goal of all of our research is to improve understanding of this common and complex disease, and ultimately to contribute to improved management and quality of life for women with endometriosis. Our current endometriosis research includes:

Development of the disease (pathogenesis)

  • Role of the immune system (immunology)
  • Study of genes (genetics)
  • Study of protein expression
  • Microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues (micro-anatomy)
  • Role of the lymphatic system
  • Animal models

Pain mechanisms
Contributors to infertility
Screening and diagnosis

Our team includes research scientists, clinicians and postgraduate students (PhD and MPhil).

Research staff
Dr Robert Markham
Dr Frank Manconi
Dr Alison Hey-Cunningham
Dr Emily Miller