Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Research Theme Conferences

RMCH Theme Day 2011


The inaugural Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Research Theme Day was on 10 June 2011, with an aim of bringing together our academics, highlighting the work of our students and early career researchers, and developing strategic research theme priorities.

The day was a great success, with 120 attendees from a range of research areas and specialisations, and an impressive breadth of research showcased. The day ended with a panel discussion concerned with setting strategic directions for the theme.


A full version of all poster presentation abstracts can be downloaded here (pdf document 702kb).

Titles of the research abstracts provided by Theme members attending the Research Day can be found below:

  1. Use of High Throughput Genomic Screening Technologies for Gene Discovery in Mendelian Disorders
  2. Fetal frontomaxillary facial (FMF) angle measurement in the first trimester and the effect of ethnicity.
  3. Analysis of the Genetic Expression of Neurotrophins in the Endometrium of Patients With and Without Endometriosis
  4. Intrauterine inflammation and cerebral palsy: no association in a preterm cohort.
  5. Pregnancy intention in an antenatal population at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  6. Detection and role of autoantibodies in brain immune-mediated diseases
  7. Malnutrition detected by reduced fat identifies newborns with increased risk of significant morbidity: a population based cohort study
  8. Effect of PTEN and AR co-inactivation on development of female and male mouse reproductive organs
  9. A survey measuring quality of life impact on parents of a child’s influenza-like-illness
  10. Quality of life of parents of children with influenza-like-illness: qualitative interviews
  11. Disease-specific quality of life instruments for caregivers of children with paediatric illness: a systematic review
  12. The Adolescent’s Experience of School-based HPV Vaccination
  13. The role of calcium activated chloride channels at fertilisation
  14. Tomographic imaging of the pelvic floor in nulliparous women: Limits of normality
  15. Do women notice the effect of levator trauma?
  16. Prominin-1 in Rat Uterine Epithelial Cells During Early Pregnancy
  17. Resident skin γδ T cells (DETCs) can be infected by herpes simplex virus, associated with morphological changes in and emigration of neighbouring (uninfected) DETCs from the epidermis.
  18. Loss of a single allele of the copper transporter-1 (Ctr1) is sufficient to ablate teratoma-forming activity of embryonic stem cells.
  19. The Characteristic Expression of CD3+ T Cells, CD8+ T Cells and CD57+ NK Cells in Distinct Zones of Peritoneal Endometriotic Lesions
  20. The role of androgen receptor in mammary gland growth and function
  21. Analysis of Proteins Secreted by the Preimplantation Mouse Embryo.
  22. Management of asthma in pregnancy using exhaled nitric oxide based inflammometry: a Randomized Controlled Trial
  23. Therapeutic amelioration of functional abnormalities in RTT using HDAC Inhibitors
  24. Risk factors for antepartum stillbirth in NSW
  25. Maternal Perception of fetal movements: Quality vs quantity? The Sydney Stillbirth Study
  26. Risk factors for late pregnancy stillbirth: The Sydney Stillbirth Study
  27. Effect of insulin-like growth factor-1 on mouse pre-implantation development in vitro
  28. Role of Activated Mast Cells in Endometrial polyp Formation
  29. Identification of malnutrition in neonates and associated placental pathology
  30. The Sertoli cell: master regulator of hormone-induced spermatogenic development
  31. Assay of androgens and estrogens in serum and reproductive tissue using LC-MS/MS
  32. The role of the pelvic lymphatic system in endometriosis
  33. Gestational diabetes in Vietnam: new diagnostic criteria threaten to overwhelm maternity services
  34. Loss of Epithelial PTEN in Murine Epididymis Affects Male Fertility
  35. The impact of 23v pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine booster dose on invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) rates in Indigenous children in northern Australia
  36. Can physical activity reduce excessive gestational weight gain? Findings from a Chinese pregnant women cohort study
  37. The phosphoinositide-3-kinase/AKT signalling pathway mediates pluripotent stem cell commitment in the mouse pre-implantation embryo
  38. Relationship between reported snoring during pregnancy and body mass index, neck circumference and daytime sleepiness.
  39. SNORING DURING PREGNANCY: Questionnaire results versus objective measurement
  40. Relationship between overnight blood pressure and snoring.
  41. Neonatal HSV disease in Australia: 13 year active surveillance reveals improved mortality with high dose antiviral therapy, and increased HSV-1 disease in adolescent mothers with genital herpes.
  42. Source of Angiopoietin-2 in human serum during pregnancy
  43. Free fetal DNA, placental apoptosis and the prediction of placental failure at term.
  44. Mitochondrial abnormalities in Rett syndrome with particular focus on the dysregulation of the respiratory chain in the Mecp2tm1Tam Rett mouse model
  45. Maternal and infant characteristics by mode of vitamin K prophylaxis administration.
  46. Congenital and neonatal varicella: Impact of the national varicella vaccination program in Australia
  47. Growth of infants born to mothers randomised to either a low glycemic index diet or a conventional healthy diet during pregnancy: a pilot study
  48. Refusal and acceptance of vaccination: getting the questions right.
  49. Role of Indoleamine 2, 3 Dioxygenase in the Regulation of Placental Vascular Tone
  50. Regulation of cytosine methylation during early mouse embryo development
  51. Rat Ovarian Hyperstimulation Model: Change in Fluid Transport Molecules at the Time of Implantation Compared to Normal Pregnancy
  52. A randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of a low glycemic index diet on pregnancy outcomes in gestational diabetes mellitus – The GI BABY#1 study
  53. Interobserver reliability in reporting MRI scans to assess severity and diagnosis in term infants with Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy.
  54. Neuropathology of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS):
    from apoptosis, to neurotransmitter receptors & growth factors.
  55. Redistribution of Caveolin 1 and 2 in the uterus during early pregnancy
  56. Development and Testing of a Measure for Evaluating an HPV Educational Intervention
  57. Nerve fibre populations within peritoneal lesions in a nonhuman primate model of endometriosis
  58. Kernicterus- is it a rare event in Australia?
  59. Transdifferentiation of Patient Fibroblasts for the Study of Tissue Specific Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Disorders
  60. The use of meshed skin grafts in conjunction with cultured epithelial autografts in the management of major paediatric burns: a review of our experience.
  61. Carbohydrate utilisation during exercise in children with cystic fibrosis
  62. Snoring during pregnancy is associated with higher blood pressure.
  63. Managing fever and cough and cold in children: An evaluation of parent’s skills.
  64. Embryonic Stem Cell Laboratory – Signalling networks and directed differentiation of ES cells
  65. Allergic reactions to propofol in egg and soy allergic children – a retrospective study
  66. Novel proteomic insights into the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis and function of endometriosis.
  67. A Retrospective Audit of Obstetric Admissions to a Tertiary Intensive Care Unit 1999-2009
  68. The role of L-Proline in pre-implantation mouse embryo development in vitro
  69. “Its almost expected”: influences on smoking initiation and maintenance among rural Aboriginal women
  70. Tobacco, cannabis and alcohol use: changes among pregnant Aboriginal women in NSW
  71. Caring for pregnant Aboriginal women: provider views on managing tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use
  72. Does Occipito-posterior Position in the Second Stage of Labour Increase the Operative Delivery Rate? (The OP Study): A Prospective Cohort Study
  73. A survey of obstetricians in Australia and New Zealand in the management of the occipito-posterior position in second stage of labour
  74. Pubertal Development of Female and Male Reproductive Organs Following Androgen Receptor Inactivation in Mice
  75. Endothelial function is different in women with pre-eclampsia compared to women with gestational hypertension.
  76. A method to investigate perinatal depression screening and mother-infant relational quality in the second year of life: The Perinatal Depression Screening and CARE Project
  77. Using qualitative data to describe fetal movement in a normal pregnant population: a crossectional study.
  78. Maternal serum levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in early pregnancy and risk of adverse birth outcomes
  79. Does Levator Trauma ‘heal’?
  80. FTO gene expression under low or high glycemic index (GI) diet in pregnant mice and pups
  81. The neurotrophic factor, neurturin, regulates tissue androgen sensitivity
  82. Predictors of Early Sexual Initiation in a Longitudinal Sample of Australian Adolescents
  83. Cerebral palsy due to congenital cytomegalovirus infection; what can we learn through data linkage?
  84. The Role of Thromboxane Receptor Beta in Preeclampsia
  85. Changes in snoring during pregnancy and its association blood pressure.
  86. A dietary intervention during pregnancy to reduce child obesity: a randomized, controlled trial.
  87. Early Developmental Outcomes following Major Cardiac vs Non-cardiac Surgery in Infants: a prospective, controlled study
  88. Dysfunctional ovarian follicle development and neuroendocrine regulation of ovulation in mice lacking functional androgen receptor
  89. The establishment of Clinical Midwifery Consultation and the impact on the care of women presenting with early pregnancy complication in the Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH), Sydney, Australia.
  90. Influenza vaccination during pregnancy – how many women are being vaccinated and what influences their decision?
  91. Should mesh be used with anterior vaginal repair?
  92. Immune responses to acellular pertussis vaccination at birth
  93. Impacts on Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Infection from Cross-protection of Seasonal Influenza Vaccines and Pandemic H1N1 Vaccines: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
  94. Paediatric Influenza Vaccine Outcome Trial (PIVOT) – Influenza Infection Outcomes
  95. Paediatric Influenza Vaccine Outcome Trial (PIVOT) – Adenovirus Infections in Day Care Centres
  96. Next-Generation Sequencing, Genomic Rearrangements and Novel Disease Genes in Congenital Disorders
  97. Transport and cellular signalling effects of L-proline in the pre-implantation mouse embryo
  98. Lack of epithelial GR actions in the epididymis does not influence fertility in young, sexually mature male mice.
  99. Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit: generating evidence to support health policy change