Professor Michael Peek

Associate Dean and Head of School
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Nepean Clinical School

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Research interests

Professor Peek's research interests are centred around medical disorders in pregnancy and the effects of these illnesses on both mother and baby. His passion for obstetrics and obstetric research was based on the belief that if you can provide someone with a healthy start to life they are more likely to reach their full potential.

Selected grants

2014

  • The Breathing for Life Trial: a randomised trial of fractional exhaled nitric oxide based management of asthma during pregnancy and its impact on perinatal outcomes and infant and childhood respiratory health; Murphy V, Gibson P, Hensley M, Mattes J, Giles W, Peek M, Bisits A, Callaway L, McCaffery K, Barrett H; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2012

  • Prospective cohort study of obstetric admissions to intensive care units in Australia and New Zealand; Nguyen N, Seppelt I, Peek M; Australian Women and Childrens Research Foundation (OZWAC)/Medical Research Project Grant.
  • A national population-based study of rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy; Peek M; University of New South Wales/Shared Research Support.

2011

  • BD FACSVerse Flow Cytometer; Peek M, Fuller S; Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundation/Awards for Biomedical Research: Major Equipment.
  • The Australian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System. A national population-based study of rheumatic heart disease in Pregnancy; Sullivan E, Pulver L, Carapetis J, Walsh W, Peek M, McLintock M, Kruske S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2010

  • New Ultrasound machine for obstetric research; Peek M; Nepean Medical Research Foundation/Project Grant.

2009

  • A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care; Kildea S, Tracy S, Chapman M, Peek M, Tracy M, Homer C, Kildea S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2008

  • The Australian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System: Improving safety and quality of maternity care in Australia; Sullivan E, Peek M, Knight M, Ellwood D, Pulver L, Homer C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2005

  • Prediction of normal vaginal delivery (POND) - a multi centre trial; Dietz H, Peek M; Qld Health (B.B.Henderson Womens ResCentre) through Uni of Qld/Project.

2004

  • 4D Ultrasound Machine for various projects; Peek M; Australian Women and Children's Research Foundation (OZWAC)/Equipment Grant.

2003

  • The role of lactate in fetal monitoring; Peek M; Australian Women and Children's Research Foundation (OZWAC)/Research Grant.
  • Psychological outcomes of early pregnancy loss; Boyce P, Peek M; Bonnie Babes Foundation/Research Grant.

2002

  • The role of the thyroid gland in the maturation of the cells responsible for pulmonary sufactant function; Peek M; Australian Women and Children's Research Foundation (OZWAC)/Research Grant.
  • Survey of the management of preterm labour; Peek M; Australian Women and Children's Research Foundation (OZWAC)/Research Grant.
  • Prediction and measurement of the transfusion of blood from mother to fetus; Peek M, de Vries B, Cossart Y; Australian Women and Children's Research Foundation (OZWAC)/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Peek, M., Mangos, G., Brown, M. (2010). Approach to fetal assessment, optimization of neonatal outcome, mode of delivery and timing for nonobstetric readers. In Raymond O. Powrie, Michael F. Greene and William Camann (Eds.), de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice 5ed, (pp. 749-753). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Brown, M., Mangos, G., Peek, M., Plaat, F. (2010). Renal Disease in Pregnancy. In Raymond O. Powrie, Michael F. Greene and William Camann (Eds.), de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice 5ed, (pp. 182-208). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Journals

  • Tripp, N., Hainey, K., Liu, A., Poulton, A., Peek, M., Kim, J., Nanan, R. (2014). An emerging model of maternity care: Smartphone, midwife, doctor? Women and Birth, 27(1), 64-67. [More Information]
  • Hsu, P., Santner-Nanan, B., Joung, S., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2014). Expansion of CD4+HLA-G+ T cell in human pregnancy is impaired in pre-eclampsia. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 71(3), 217-228. [More Information]
  • Nanan, B., Straubinger, K., Hsu, P., Parnell, G., Tang, B., Xu, B., Makris, A., Hennessy, A., Peek, M., Busch, D., Nanan, R., et al (2013). Fetal-maternal alignment of regulatory T cells correlates with IL-10 and Bcl-2 upregulation in pregnancy. Journal of Immunology, 191(1), 145-153. [More Information]
  • Liu, A., Carlsson, E., Nilsson, S., Oei, J., Bajuk, B., Peek, M., Martin, A., Nanan, R. (2013). Hypertensive disease of pregnancy is associated with decreased risk for respiratory distress syndrome in moderate preterm neonates. Hypertension in Pregnancy, 32(2), 169-177. [More Information]
  • Halliday, L., Peek, M., Ellwood, D., Homer, C., Knight, M., McLintock, C., Jackson-Pulver, L., Sullivan, E. (2013). The Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System: An evaluation of stakeholder engagement, usefulness, simplicity, acceptability, data quality and stability. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 53(2), 152-157. [More Information]
  • Hsu, P., Nanan, B., Dahlstrom, J., Fadia, M., Chandra, A., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2012). Altered Decidual DC-SIGN+ Antigen-Presenting Cells and Impaired Regulatory T-Cell Induction in Preeclampsia. The American Journal of Pathology: cellular and molecular biology of disease, 181(6), 2149-2160. [More Information]
  • Suresh, A., Liu, A., Poulton, A., Quinton, A., Amer, Z., Mongelli, M., Martin, A., Benzie, R., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2012). Comparison of maternal abdominal subcutaneous fat thickness and body mass index as markers for pregnancy outcomes: A stratified cohort study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 52(5), 420-426. [More Information]
  • Vaughan, G., Pollock, W., Peek, M., Knight, M., Ellwood, D., Homer, C., Jackson-Pulver, L., McLintock, C., Ho, M., Sullivan, E. (2012). Ethical issues: The multi-centre low-risk ethics/governance review process and AMOSS. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 52(2), 195-203. [More Information]
  • Quinton, A., Peek, M., Cook, C., Kirby, A. (2012). Flow-Mediated Dilatation Assessment in Women with Preeclampsia Compared to Women with Gestational Hypertension. Hypertension in Pregnancy, 31(4), 377-386. [More Information]
  • Eviston, D., Quinton, A., Benzie, R., Peek, M., Martin, A., Nanan, R. (2012). Impaired fetal thymic growth precedes clinical preeclampsia: a case-control study. Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 94(2), 183-189. [More Information]
  • Mohamed, N., Eviston, D., Quinton, A., Benzie, R., Kirby, A., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2011). Smaller fetal thymuses in pre-eclampsia: a prospective cross-sectional study. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 37(4), 410-415. [More Information]
  • Delsing, C., van den Wittenboer, E., Liu, A., Peek, M., Quinton, A., Mongelli, M., Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2011). The relationship between maternal opiate use, amphetamine use and smoking on fetal growth. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 51(5), 446-451. [More Information]
  • Seppelt, I., Sullivan, E., Bellomo, R., Ellwood, D., Finfer, S., Howe, B., Knight, M., McArthur, C., McDonnell, N., McLintock, C., Nguyen, N., Peek, M., et al (2010). Critical Illness Due to 2009 A/H1N1 Influenza in Pregnant and Postpartum Women: Population Based Cohort Study. BMJ, 340(-), c1279-1-c1279-6. [More Information]
  • Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2009). Comment on: Association of maternal pre-pregnancy weight with birth defects: Evidence from a case-control study in Western Australia. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2009; 49: 11-15. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 49(5), 564-5. [More Information]
  • Homer, C., Clements, V., McDonnell, N., Peek, M., Sullivan, E. (2009). Maternal mortality: What can we learn from stories of postpartum haemorrhage? Women and Birth, 22(3), 97-104. [More Information]
  • Nanan, B., Nanan, B., Peek, M., Peek, M., Khanam, R., Khanam, R., Richarts, L., Richarts, L., Zhu, E., Zhu, E., Fazekas, B., Fazekas, B., Nanan, R., Nanan, R. (2009). Systemic increase in the ratio between Foxp3+ and IL-17-producing CD4+ T cells in healthy pregnancy but not in preeclampsia. Journal of Immunology, 183(11), 7023-7030. [More Information]
  • Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2009). The role of sepsis in the AMOR-IPAT Trial. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 200(4), e12. [More Information]
  • Nanan, R., Peek, M. (2008). Asthma and Neonatal Airway Colonization. New England Journal of Medicine, 358(4), 424.
  • De Vries, B., Peek, M. (2008). Exploring the mechanisms of intrapartum transmission of HIV. Does elective caesarean section hold the key? BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 115(6), 677-680. [More Information]
  • Cartmill, J., Quinton, A., Peek, M. (2008). Fetal intracranial abnormalities in the third trimester - MRI as a useful diagnostic tool. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 11(1), 30-35.
  • Quinton, A., Cook, C., Peek, M. (2008). The relationship between cigarette smoking, endothelial function and intrauterine growth restriction in human pregnancy. BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 115(6), 780-784. [More Information]
  • De Vries, B., Cossart, Y., Murray, H., Peek, M. (2008). Transplacental haemorrhage may explain the intrapartum transmission of HIV. A pilot study uses flow cytometry to quantify maternal red blood cells in infants born vaginally or by caesarean section. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 48(6), 575-579. [More Information]
  • Quinton, A., Cook, C., Peek, M. (2007). A longitudinal study using ultrasound to assess flow-mediated dilatation in normal human pregnancy. Hypertension in Pregnancy, 26(3), 273-281. [More Information]
  • Peek, M., Condous, G., Nanan, R. (2007). Fetal Pulse Oximetry and Cesarean Delivery. New England Journal of Medicine, 356(13), 1377. [More Information]
  • Cartmill, J., Quinton, A., Peek, M. (2007). The elephant trunk sign and prenatal diagnosis of cloacal exstrophy. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 10(4), 30-32.
  • Nanan, B., Peek, M., McCullagh, P., Nanan, R. (2005). Therapeutic potential of stem cells in perinatal medicine. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 45(2), 102-107. [More Information]
  • Cook, C., Peek, M. (2004). Survey Of The Management Of Preterm Labour In Australia And New Zealand In 2002. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 44(1), 35-38.
  • Peek, M., Cook, C., Quinton, A. (2004). Ultrasound Assessment Of Endothelial Cell Function In Normal Pregnancy (O045). Hypertension in Pregnancy, 23(S1), 23 (O045)-23.
  • Dietz, H., Peek, M. (2004). Will There Ever Be An End To The Caesarean Section Rate Debate? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 44(2), 103-106.
  • Sangalli, M., McLean, A., Peek, M., Rivory, L., Le Couteur, D. (2003). Carbon monoxide disposition and permeability-surface area product in the foetal circulation of the perfused term human placenta. Placenta, 24(1), 8-11.
  • Bassett, M., Peek, M., Dunn, C., Battese, K. (2002). Acceptance of Neonatal Genetic Screening for Hereditary Hemochromatosis by Informed Parents. Genetic Testing, 5(4), 317-320.
  • Currie, L., Peek, M., McNiven, M., Prosser, I., Mansour, J., Ridgway, J. (2002). Is there an increased maternal-infant prevalence of Factor V Leiden in association with severe pre-eclampsia? BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 109(2), 191-196.
  • Morris, J., Peek, M., Hague, W., North, R., Gallus, A., Walters, B., Orlikowski, C., Burrows, R., Cincotta,, R., Dekker, G., et al (2001). Anticoagulation in pregnancy and the puerperium. Medical Journal of Australia, 175, 258-263.
  • Dahlstrom, J., Peek, M., Reynolds, G., Sillence, D., Arbuckle, S., Kozlowski, K., Thomson, M. (2001). Lethal prenatal onset infantile cortical hyperostosis (Caffey disease). Pathology, 33, 521-525.
  • Sangalli, M., Peek, M., McDonald, A. (2001). Prophylactic granulocyte colony-stimulating factor treatment for acquired chronic severe neutropenia in pregnancy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 41, 470-471.

2014

  • Tripp, N., Hainey, K., Liu, A., Poulton, A., Peek, M., Kim, J., Nanan, R. (2014). An emerging model of maternity care: Smartphone, midwife, doctor? Women and Birth, 27(1), 64-67. [More Information]
  • Hsu, P., Santner-Nanan, B., Joung, S., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2014). Expansion of CD4+HLA-G+ T cell in human pregnancy is impaired in pre-eclampsia. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 71(3), 217-228. [More Information]

2013

  • Nanan, B., Straubinger, K., Hsu, P., Parnell, G., Tang, B., Xu, B., Makris, A., Hennessy, A., Peek, M., Busch, D., Nanan, R., et al (2013). Fetal-maternal alignment of regulatory T cells correlates with IL-10 and Bcl-2 upregulation in pregnancy. Journal of Immunology, 191(1), 145-153. [More Information]
  • Liu, A., Carlsson, E., Nilsson, S., Oei, J., Bajuk, B., Peek, M., Martin, A., Nanan, R. (2013). Hypertensive disease of pregnancy is associated with decreased risk for respiratory distress syndrome in moderate preterm neonates. Hypertension in Pregnancy, 32(2), 169-177. [More Information]
  • Halliday, L., Peek, M., Ellwood, D., Homer, C., Knight, M., McLintock, C., Jackson-Pulver, L., Sullivan, E. (2013). The Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System: An evaluation of stakeholder engagement, usefulness, simplicity, acceptability, data quality and stability. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 53(2), 152-157. [More Information]

2012

  • Hsu, P., Nanan, B., Dahlstrom, J., Fadia, M., Chandra, A., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2012). Altered Decidual DC-SIGN+ Antigen-Presenting Cells and Impaired Regulatory T-Cell Induction in Preeclampsia. The American Journal of Pathology: cellular and molecular biology of disease, 181(6), 2149-2160. [More Information]
  • Suresh, A., Liu, A., Poulton, A., Quinton, A., Amer, Z., Mongelli, M., Martin, A., Benzie, R., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2012). Comparison of maternal abdominal subcutaneous fat thickness and body mass index as markers for pregnancy outcomes: A stratified cohort study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 52(5), 420-426. [More Information]
  • Vaughan, G., Pollock, W., Peek, M., Knight, M., Ellwood, D., Homer, C., Jackson-Pulver, L., McLintock, C., Ho, M., Sullivan, E. (2012). Ethical issues: The multi-centre low-risk ethics/governance review process and AMOSS. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 52(2), 195-203. [More Information]
  • Quinton, A., Peek, M., Cook, C., Kirby, A. (2012). Flow-Mediated Dilatation Assessment in Women with Preeclampsia Compared to Women with Gestational Hypertension. Hypertension in Pregnancy, 31(4), 377-386. [More Information]
  • Eviston, D., Quinton, A., Benzie, R., Peek, M., Martin, A., Nanan, R. (2012). Impaired fetal thymic growth precedes clinical preeclampsia: a case-control study. Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 94(2), 183-189. [More Information]

2011

  • Mohamed, N., Eviston, D., Quinton, A., Benzie, R., Kirby, A., Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2011). Smaller fetal thymuses in pre-eclampsia: a prospective cross-sectional study. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 37(4), 410-415. [More Information]
  • Delsing, C., van den Wittenboer, E., Liu, A., Peek, M., Quinton, A., Mongelli, M., Poulton, A., Nanan, R. (2011). The relationship between maternal opiate use, amphetamine use and smoking on fetal growth. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 51(5), 446-451. [More Information]

2010

  • Peek, M., Mangos, G., Brown, M. (2010). Approach to fetal assessment, optimization of neonatal outcome, mode of delivery and timing for nonobstetric readers. In Raymond O. Powrie, Michael F. Greene and William Camann (Eds.), de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice 5ed, (pp. 749-753). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Seppelt, I., Sullivan, E., Bellomo, R., Ellwood, D., Finfer, S., Howe, B., Knight, M., McArthur, C., McDonnell, N., McLintock, C., Nguyen, N., Peek, M., et al (2010). Critical Illness Due to 2009 A/H1N1 Influenza in Pregnant and Postpartum Women: Population Based Cohort Study. BMJ, 340(-), c1279-1-c1279-6. [More Information]
  • Brown, M., Mangos, G., Peek, M., Plaat, F. (2010). Renal Disease in Pregnancy. In Raymond O. Powrie, Michael F. Greene and William Camann (Eds.), de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice 5ed, (pp. 182-208). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2009

  • Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2009). Comment on: Association of maternal pre-pregnancy weight with birth defects: Evidence from a case-control study in Western Australia. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2009; 49: 11-15. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 49(5), 564-5. [More Information]
  • Homer, C., Clements, V., McDonnell, N., Peek, M., Sullivan, E. (2009). Maternal mortality: What can we learn from stories of postpartum haemorrhage? Women and Birth, 22(3), 97-104. [More Information]
  • Nanan, B., Nanan, B., Peek, M., Peek, M., Khanam, R., Khanam, R., Richarts, L., Richarts, L., Zhu, E., Zhu, E., Fazekas, B., Fazekas, B., Nanan, R., Nanan, R. (2009). Systemic increase in the ratio between Foxp3+ and IL-17-producing CD4+ T cells in healthy pregnancy but not in preeclampsia. Journal of Immunology, 183(11), 7023-7030. [More Information]
  • Peek, M., Nanan, R. (2009). The role of sepsis in the AMOR-IPAT Trial. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 200(4), e12. [More Information]

2008

  • Nanan, R., Peek, M. (2008). Asthma and Neonatal Airway Colonization. New England Journal of Medicine, 358(4), 424.
  • De Vries, B., Peek, M. (2008). Exploring the mechanisms of intrapartum transmission of HIV. Does elective caesarean section hold the key? BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 115(6), 677-680. [More Information]
  • Cartmill, J., Quinton, A., Peek, M. (2008). Fetal intracranial abnormalities in the third trimester - MRI as a useful diagnostic tool. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 11(1), 30-35.
  • Quinton, A., Cook, C., Peek, M. (2008). The relationship between cigarette smoking, endothelial function and intrauterine growth restriction in human pregnancy. BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 115(6), 780-784. [More Information]
  • De Vries, B., Cossart, Y., Murray, H., Peek, M. (2008). Transplacental haemorrhage may explain the intrapartum transmission of HIV. A pilot study uses flow cytometry to quantify maternal red blood cells in infants born vaginally or by caesarean section. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 48(6), 575-579. [More Information]

2007

  • Quinton, A., Cook, C., Peek, M. (2007). A longitudinal study using ultrasound to assess flow-mediated dilatation in normal human pregnancy. Hypertension in Pregnancy, 26(3), 273-281. [More Information]
  • Peek, M., Condous, G., Nanan, R. (2007). Fetal Pulse Oximetry and Cesarean Delivery. New England Journal of Medicine, 356(13), 1377. [More Information]
  • Cartmill, J., Quinton, A., Peek, M. (2007). The elephant trunk sign and prenatal diagnosis of cloacal exstrophy. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 10(4), 30-32.

2005

  • Nanan, B., Peek, M., McCullagh, P., Nanan, R. (2005). Therapeutic potential of stem cells in perinatal medicine. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 45(2), 102-107. [More Information]

2004

  • Cook, C., Peek, M. (2004). Survey Of The Management Of Preterm Labour In Australia And New Zealand In 2002. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 44(1), 35-38.
  • Peek, M., Cook, C., Quinton, A. (2004). Ultrasound Assessment Of Endothelial Cell Function In Normal Pregnancy (O045). Hypertension in Pregnancy, 23(S1), 23 (O045)-23.
  • Dietz, H., Peek, M. (2004). Will There Ever Be An End To The Caesarean Section Rate Debate? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 44(2), 103-106.

2003

  • Sangalli, M., McLean, A., Peek, M., Rivory, L., Le Couteur, D. (2003). Carbon monoxide disposition and permeability-surface area product in the foetal circulation of the perfused term human placenta. Placenta, 24(1), 8-11.

2002

  • Bassett, M., Peek, M., Dunn, C., Battese, K. (2002). Acceptance of Neonatal Genetic Screening for Hereditary Hemochromatosis by Informed Parents. Genetic Testing, 5(4), 317-320.
  • Currie, L., Peek, M., McNiven, M., Prosser, I., Mansour, J., Ridgway, J. (2002). Is there an increased maternal-infant prevalence of Factor V Leiden in association with severe pre-eclampsia? BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 109(2), 191-196.

2001

  • Morris, J., Peek, M., Hague, W., North, R., Gallus, A., Walters, B., Orlikowski, C., Burrows, R., Cincotta,, R., Dekker, G., et al (2001). Anticoagulation in pregnancy and the puerperium. Medical Journal of Australia, 175, 258-263.
  • Dahlstrom, J., Peek, M., Reynolds, G., Sillence, D., Arbuckle, S., Kozlowski, K., Thomson, M. (2001). Lethal prenatal onset infantile cortical hyperostosis (Caffey disease). Pathology, 33, 521-525.
  • Sangalli, M., Peek, M., McDonald, A. (2001). Prophylactic granulocyte colony-stimulating factor treatment for acquired chronic severe neutropenia in pregnancy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 41, 470-471.

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