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 public 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

RPA Newborn Care

There are many opportunities for neonatal research within the Central Clinical School. RPA Newborn Care has a number of ongoing internal, national and international projects as well as collaborative relationships with other central clinical school departments such as obstetrics, infectious diseases and public health. There is also significant expertise for research methodology within the department including close links with the Australasian Cochrane Centre and the Australasian Satellite of the Cochrane Neonatal Group. Neonatal staff have supervised Honours, Summer Scholarship, Masters and PhD students.

Newborn Care staff currently engaged in research include:

  • Clinical Associate Professor Nicholas Evans, Head of Dept RPA Newborn Care
  • Prof Heather Jeffery, Clinical Academic Neonatologist, RPAH
  • Clinical Associate Professor David Osborn, Senior Staff Specialist RPAH
  • Dr Adrienne Gordon, Senior Staff Specialist and Clinical Senior Lecturer RPAH
  • Dr Angela McGillivray, Staff Specialist RPA Newborn Care and PhD candidate University of Sydney
  • Tracey Lutz, staff specialist RPA Newborn Care and NETS, PhD candidate University of Sydney
  • Professor Sandie Bredemyer, Clinical Nurse Consultant, RPA Newborn Care
  • Shelley Reid, Audit Officer, RPA Newborn Care

For more information on Neonatal Medicine research, publications and grants at Central Clinical School, please click here