About Dr Helen Ritchie

Helen's work hopes to identify possible drugs that can cause birth defects in humans. My scholarly activity is driven by the desire to improve understanding of drug induced birth defects.

Dr Helen Ritchie is a developmental toxicologist with a special interest in the effects of vitamin A, herbal medicine and cardiovascular medicines on the developing embryo and fetus.

Helen is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. She graduated in science from the University of Queensland in 1980, received her M.Sc in 1988 and her PhD in 1996. Her research has two major themes - maternofetal (teratology) and male-mediated. I am one of only 3 or 4 experimental teratologists in Australia. Since 1990, I have published more than 15 papers in refereed journals. I have been invited to speak at national conferences on the use of vitamin A and herbal medicine during pregnancy. In addition, I am frequently invited to lecture at continuing education workshops and conferences throughout Australia. Her expertise in the area of developmental toxicology is recognized by her appointment to the editorial board of Reproductive Toxicology.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr Ritchie's publications, please visit her Sydney Medical School academic profile.