Our Researchers

Professor Janna Morrison
Head Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group

Professor Caroline McMillen

Dr Tamara Varcoe
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Jack Darby
Academic Research Assistant

Stacey Holman
Laboratory Coordinator

Emma Bradshaw
Research Laboratory Assistant

Megan Quinn
Research Laboratory Assistant

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Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group

Pregnant Woman

An international leader in research in pregnancy and fetal development, the University of South Australia’s Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group (EOAHRG) is engaged in important projects determining how events before birth have an impact on health later in life.

The group uses a range of models and analytical techniques to investigate how the physiological environment from before conception and during pregnancy can contribute to a range of conditions in adulthood such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Functional studies of blood pressure regulation and glucose tolerance are linked to the molecular signalling pathways that regulated these events. We are one of few groups internationally that uses MRI to measure blood flow and oxygen saturation in fetal vessels.

Established in 2005, the EOAHRG brings together a research team with an international track record in developmental physiology, epigenetics and endocrinology. The group's research is focused in three broad areas: the early origins of obesity and metabolic health, the periconceptional environment and the embryo, and development of a healthy heart and cardiorespiratory system. We have a strong track record of collaboration with other international leaders in these areas, including researchers from Cambridge, Sick Kids Hospital, Kings College London and Otago University. This work has been underpinned by funding from the Heart Foundation of Australia, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Cerebral Palsy Australia and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Research Students

The Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group has completed 10 HDRs since 2010 with all of them working in teaching and research positions. Four have won competitive Early Career Fellowships (NHMRC) and 3 have undertaken postdocs at Cambridge. Currently, we have several research students working on projects as part of their studies within the University of South Australia. For more information about our students please visit the ‘Research Students’ page.

If you are interested in undertaking post graduate studies with the Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group, please contact Professor Janna Morrison.

Collaborators

The Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group works with a national and international network of collaborators. For more information please see the attached.

Research Projects

Explore a selection of current and recent research projects involving members of the Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group.

Recent projects

Research and Services

Research collaboration enquiries:
Professor Janna Morrison
t: +61 8 8302 2166
e: janna.morrison@unisa.edu.au

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All other enquiries:
Professor Janna Morrison
t: +61 8 8302 2166
e: janna.morrison@unisa.edu.au