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Professor Janna Morrison

Janna Morrison

Head, Early Origins of Adult Health Research

I’m interested in understanding how the fetus adapts its growth to changes in nutrient supply before and during pregnancy and the impact on the development of cardiorespiratory systems.

Interesting papers I’ve read lately (original articles only)

  • Exercise as an intervention to improve metabolic outcomes after intrauterine growth restriction.
    Gatford KL, Kaur G, Falcão-Tebas F, Wadley GD, Wlodek ME, Laker RC, Ebeling PR, McConell GK.
    Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2014 May 1;306(9):E999-1012. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00456.2013. Epub 2014 Mar 11.
  • MiR-15 family regulates postnatal mitotic arrest of cardiomyocytes.
    Porrello ER, Johnson BA, Aurora AB, Simpson E, Nam YJ, Matkovich SJ, Dorn GW 2nd, van Rooij E, Olson EN. Circ Res. 2011 Sep 2;109(6):670-9. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.111.248880. Epub 2011 Jul 21.
  • Statins prevent adverse effects of postnatal glucocorticoid therapy on the developing brain in rats.
    Tijsseling D, Camm EJ, Richter HG, Herrera EA, Kane AD, Niu Y, Cross CM, de Vries WB, Derks JB, Giussani DA. Pediatr Res. 2013 Dec;74(6):639-45. doi: 10.1038/pr.2013.152. Epub 2013 Sep 3.
  • Targeting the upregulation of reactive oxygen species subsequent to hyperglycemia prevents type 1 diabetic cardiomyopathy in mice. Huynh K, Kiriazis H, Du XJ, Love JE, Gray SP, Jandeleit-Dahm KA, McMullen JR, Ritchie RH. Free Radic Biol Med. 2013 Jul;60:307-17. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2013.02.021. Epub 2013 Feb 26.
  • Prenatal exposure to dexamethasone in the mouse alters cardiac growth patterns and increases pulse pressure in aged male offspring. O'Sullivan L, Cuffe JS, Paravicini TM, Campbell S, Dickinson H, Singh RR, Gezmish O, Black MJ, Moritz KM. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 25;8(7):e69149. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069149. Print 2013.

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Dr Song Zhang

Song Zhang








Research Adjunct, Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group

I’m interested in understanding how the environmental nutrition around the time of conception alters the development of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis and metabolic organs in later life.

Interesting papers I’ve read lately (original articles only)

  • Effect of maternal obesity with and without gestational diabetes on offspring subcutaneous and preperitoneal adipose tissue development from birth up to year-1. Uebel K, Pusch K, Gedrich K, Schneider KT, Hauner H, Bader BL. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 Apr 11;14:138. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-138. 
  • Prenatal metformin exposure in mice programs the metabolic phenotype of the offspring during a high fat diet at adulthood. Salomäki H, Vähätalo LH, Laurila K, Jäppinen NT, Penttinen AM, Ailanen L, Ilyasizadeh J, Pesonen U, Koulu M. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e56594. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056594. Epub 2013 Feb 15.
  • The differential effects of the timing of maternal nutrient restriction in the ovine placenta on glucocorticoid sensitivity, uncoupling protein 2, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma and cell proliferation.
    Yiallourides M, Sebert SP, Wilson V, Sharkey D, Rhind SM, Symonds ME, Budge H. Reproduction. 2009 Sep;138(3):601-8. doi: 10.1530/REP-09-0043. Epub 2009 Jun 12.
  • Placental mitochondrial content and function in intrauterine growth restriction and preeclampsia.
    Mandò C, De Palma C, Stampalija T, Anelli GM, Figus M, Novielli C, Parisi F, Clementi E, Ferrazzi E, Cetin I.
    Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Feb 15;306(4):E404-13. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00426.2013. Epub 2013 Dec 17.
  • Differential effects of maternal obesity and weight loss in the periconceptional period on the epigenetic regulation of hepatic insulin-signaling pathways in the offspring. Nicholas LM, Rattanatray L, MacLaughlin SM, Ozanne SE, Kleemann DO, Walker SK, Morrison JL, Zhang S, Muhlhäusler BS, Martin-Gronert MS, McMillen IC. FASEB J. 2013 Sep;27(9):3786-96. doi: 10.1096/fj.13-227918. Epub 2013 May 31.

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