Dr Julian Ayer

Senior Lecturer
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

Telephone +61 2 9845 2345
Fax +61 2 9845 2163

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Research interests

Early life origins of atherosclerosis Obesity and cardiovascular disease Outcomes research in congenital heart disease Cardiac MRI

Potential student projects

Effects of left heart obstruction on ventricular mechanics

Ventricular-ventricular interactions in structural heart disease

Exercise training and cardiac rehabilitation

Early life intervnetions to reduced cardiovascular disease

Teaching and supervision

Congenital heart disease Echocardiography Cardiac MRI

Selected grants

2015

  • Reducing cardiovascular risk in children born with poor fetal growth: the Small baby Omega-3 (SO3) trial; Skilton M, Ayer J, Baur L, Raitakari O; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2014

  • Improving exercise capacity in children with a Fontan circulation after the extracardiac conduit.; Ayer J, Winlaw D, Selvadurai H, Puranik R, Sholler G, Roberts P, d’Udekem Y; Heart Kids Australia/Grants in Aid.

2012

  • CardioCAPS: Determining the effects of the transition through puberty on vascular structure and function at age 14 years; Ayer J, Celermajer D; Financial Markets Foundation for Children/Research Support.

2006

  • CardioCAPS- a study of omega-3 dietary supplementation in children; Celermajer D, Ayer J; Pfizer Australia/Cardiovascular Lipid Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Skilton, M., Sullivan, T., Ayer, J., Garden, F., Harmer, J., Leeder, S., Toelle, B., Webb, K., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2014). Weight gain in infancy is associated with carotid extra-medial thickness in later childhood. Atherosclerosis, 233(2), 370-374. [More Information]
  • Lau, E., Morgan, P., Belousova, E., Toelle, B., Ayer, J., Celermajer, D., Marks, G. (2013). Asymmetric dimethylarginine and asthma: results from the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study. The European Respiratory Journal, 41(5), 1234-1237. [More Information]
  • Skilton, M., Marks, G., Ayer, J., Garden, F., Garnett, S., Harmer, J., Leeder, S., Toelle, B., Webb, K., Baur, L., Celermajer, D. (2013). Weight gain in infancy and vascular risk factors in later childhood. Pediatrics, 131(6), e1821-e1828. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Sholler, G. (2012). Cardiovascular risk factors in Australian children: Hypertension and lipid abnormalities. Australian Prescriber, 35(2), 51-55.
  • Skilton, M., Sullivan, T., Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Toelle, B., Webb, K., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2012). Carotid extra-medial thickness in childhood: Early life effects on the arterial adventitia. Atherosclerosis, 222(2), 478-482. [More Information]
  • Skilton, M., Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Webb, K., Leeder, S., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2012). Impaired Fetal Growth and Arterial Wall Thickening: A Randomized Trial of Omega-3 Supplementation. Pediatrics, 129(3), e698-e703. [More Information]
  • Marshall, N., Ayer, J., Toelle, B., Phillips, C., Grunstein, R., Celermajer, D., Marks, G. (2012). Parentally Reported Snoring Is Not Enough Information To Justify Treatment. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48(1), 78-78. [More Information]
  • Rangan, A., Flood, V., Denyer, G., Ayer, J., Webb, K., Marks, G., Celermajer, D., Gill, T. (2012). The effect of dairy consumption on blood pressure in mid-childhood: CAPS cohort study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 66(6), 652-657. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Belousova, E., Harmer, J., David, C., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2011). Maternal cigarette smoking is associated with reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in healthy 8-year-old children. European Heart Journal, 32(19), 2446-2453. [More Information]
  • Marshall, N., Ayer, J., Toelle, B., Harmer, J., Phillips, C., Grunstein, R., Celermajer, D., Marks, G. (2011). Snoring is not associated with adverse effects on blood pressure, arterial structure or function in 8-year-old children: The Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS). Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(8), 518-523. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Song, C., Steinbeck, K., Celermajer, D., Freedman, B. (2010). Increased Tissue Factor Activity in Monocytes from Obese Young Adults. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 37(11), 1049-1054. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Sholler, G., Celermajer, D. (2010). Left atrial size increases with body mass index in children. International Journal of Cardiology, 141(1), 61-67. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Xuan, W., Toelle, B., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2009). Dietary supplementation with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in early childhood: Effects on blood pressure and arterial structure and function at age 8 y1–3. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 438-446. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Nakhla, S., Xuan, W., Ng, M., Raitakari, O., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2009). HDL-cholesterol, blood pressure, and asymmetric dimethylarginine are significantly associated with arterial wall thickness in children. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, 29(6), 943-949. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Sullivan, D., Sholler, G. (2009). Lipid abnormalities in children: should we be doing more? Medical Journal of Australia, 190(3), 107-108. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Steinbeck, K., Celermajer, D. (2009). Postprandial Vascular Reactivity in Obese and Normal Weight Young Adults. Obesity, Online(10.1038/oby.2009.331), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Celermajer, D., Ayer, J. (2006). Childhood risk factors for adult cardiovascular disease and primary prevention in childhood. Heart, 92(11), 1701-1706. [More Information]
  • Egan, J., Clarke, A., Williams, S., Cole, A., Ayer, J., Jacobe, S., Chard, R., Winlaw, D. (2006). Levosimendan for low cardiac output: a pediatric experience. Journal of intensive care medicine, 21(3), 183-187. [More Information]

2014

  • Skilton, M., Sullivan, T., Ayer, J., Garden, F., Harmer, J., Leeder, S., Toelle, B., Webb, K., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2014). Weight gain in infancy is associated with carotid extra-medial thickness in later childhood. Atherosclerosis, 233(2), 370-374. [More Information]

2013

  • Lau, E., Morgan, P., Belousova, E., Toelle, B., Ayer, J., Celermajer, D., Marks, G. (2013). Asymmetric dimethylarginine and asthma: results from the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study. The European Respiratory Journal, 41(5), 1234-1237. [More Information]
  • Skilton, M., Marks, G., Ayer, J., Garden, F., Garnett, S., Harmer, J., Leeder, S., Toelle, B., Webb, K., Baur, L., Celermajer, D. (2013). Weight gain in infancy and vascular risk factors in later childhood. Pediatrics, 131(6), e1821-e1828. [More Information]

2012

  • Ayer, J., Sholler, G. (2012). Cardiovascular risk factors in Australian children: Hypertension and lipid abnormalities. Australian Prescriber, 35(2), 51-55.
  • Skilton, M., Sullivan, T., Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Toelle, B., Webb, K., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2012). Carotid extra-medial thickness in childhood: Early life effects on the arterial adventitia. Atherosclerosis, 222(2), 478-482. [More Information]
  • Skilton, M., Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Webb, K., Leeder, S., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2012). Impaired Fetal Growth and Arterial Wall Thickening: A Randomized Trial of Omega-3 Supplementation. Pediatrics, 129(3), e698-e703. [More Information]
  • Marshall, N., Ayer, J., Toelle, B., Phillips, C., Grunstein, R., Celermajer, D., Marks, G. (2012). Parentally Reported Snoring Is Not Enough Information To Justify Treatment. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48(1), 78-78. [More Information]
  • Rangan, A., Flood, V., Denyer, G., Ayer, J., Webb, K., Marks, G., Celermajer, D., Gill, T. (2012). The effect of dairy consumption on blood pressure in mid-childhood: CAPS cohort study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 66(6), 652-657. [More Information]

2011

  • Ayer, J., Belousova, E., Harmer, J., David, C., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2011). Maternal cigarette smoking is associated with reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in healthy 8-year-old children. European Heart Journal, 32(19), 2446-2453. [More Information]
  • Marshall, N., Ayer, J., Toelle, B., Harmer, J., Phillips, C., Grunstein, R., Celermajer, D., Marks, G. (2011). Snoring is not associated with adverse effects on blood pressure, arterial structure or function in 8-year-old children: The Childhood Asthma Prevention Study (CAPS). Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(8), 518-523. [More Information]

2010

  • Ayer, J., Song, C., Steinbeck, K., Celermajer, D., Freedman, B. (2010). Increased Tissue Factor Activity in Monocytes from Obese Young Adults. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 37(11), 1049-1054. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Sholler, G., Celermajer, D. (2010). Left atrial size increases with body mass index in children. International Journal of Cardiology, 141(1), 61-67. [More Information]

2009

  • Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Xuan, W., Toelle, B., Webb, K., Almqvist, C., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2009). Dietary supplementation with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in early childhood: Effects on blood pressure and arterial structure and function at age 8 y1–3. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 438-446. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Nakhla, S., Xuan, W., Ng, M., Raitakari, O., Marks, G., Celermajer, D. (2009). HDL-cholesterol, blood pressure, and asymmetric dimethylarginine are significantly associated with arterial wall thickness in children. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, 29(6), 943-949. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Sullivan, D., Sholler, G. (2009). Lipid abnormalities in children: should we be doing more? Medical Journal of Australia, 190(3), 107-108. [More Information]
  • Ayer, J., Harmer, J., Steinbeck, K., Celermajer, D. (2009). Postprandial Vascular Reactivity in Obese and Normal Weight Young Adults. Obesity, Online(10.1038/oby.2009.331), 1-7. [More Information]

2006

  • Celermajer, D., Ayer, J. (2006). Childhood risk factors for adult cardiovascular disease and primary prevention in childhood. Heart, 92(11), 1701-1706. [More Information]
  • Egan, J., Clarke, A., Williams, S., Cole, A., Ayer, J., Jacobe, S., Chard, R., Winlaw, D. (2006). Levosimendan for low cardiac output: a pediatric experience. Journal of intensive care medicine, 21(3), 183-187. [More Information]

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