Introducing the speakers for the DOHaD 2015 seminar series.
Neonatologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital & Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney
Dr Adrienne Gordon is a Neonatal Staff Specialist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. Adrienne is particularly interested in perinatal topics with a public health impact and has expertise in a variety of research methodologies plus a Masters of Public Health and a PhD.
Adrienne has taken on the position of Project Lead for the Charles Perkins Centre’s Preconception, Pregnancy and Childhood Cohort Study. The Cohort study is a visionary project which will provide a major contribution to knowledge regarding early life predictors of health and disease and the interventions that will ultimately improve health for our future generations.
Principal Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Deakin University
Associate Professor Felice Jacka is an NHMRC Research Fellow at Deakin University. She is responsible for the majority of the published studies worldwide concerning the association between diet quality and the common mental disorders, depression and anxiety, in both adolescents and adults.
President, DOHaD Society of Australia and New Zealand
Paediatric Allergist & Immunologist, UWA School of Paediatrics and Child Health
Professor Susan Prescott is the Winthrop Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at University of Western Australia. She is also a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist at the Perth Children’s Hospital, and a Research Strategy Leader and the Telethon KIDS Institute. Her interests and expertise are focused around early life risk factors for inflammation as an antecedent (and preventive target) for a broad range of noncommunicable diseases (NCD), with a particular interest in early onset NCDs such as allergic disease.
Prof Prescott works at the highest international level of her field. She is a Director of the World Allergy Organisation, the peak global organisation on allergy, comprising of over 90 national and regional allergy and immunology societies. She is founding President of the multidisciplinary ‘DOHaD’ Society in Australia and New Zealand (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease). As part of the World Universities Network, she also founded and continues to chair an international interdisciplinary research network (‘in-FLAME’) with over 120 members from more than 30 partner institutions.
A/Prof John Sinn
Neonatalogist, Royal North Shore Hospital
Associate Professor John Sinn holds a position as a consultant neonatologist and infant physician at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia and is also an associate professor in neonatology and paediatric and child health at the University Of Sydney. John currently is chair member of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) and also the Royal Australia College of Physician Policy Committee. He also is an author who has written many reviews including the nutrition Cochrane reviews and original articles which also includes position papers. Associate Professor Sinn clinical interests includes neonatal nutrition and allergy and in addition is an international speaker focusing on such topics.