Women’s & Children’s Health


Research in the Women’s and Children’s Health Theme are focused on all aspects of the health of women and children. This ranges from reproductive health concerns and conception, to new birth methods, childhood diseases as well as developmental disorders and conditions, such as autism.

Our research include studies focused on gaining a better understanding of a disease pathway, how to best treat a condition and/or prevention and new options for health care and practice.

Our researchers work intimately with clinicians, hospital staff, women and children in hopes of proving the best health outcomes in these crucial areas.

Theme Leader: Ms Emma Raymond


Latest News

  • The National Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) Clinic was held at Wesley Medical Research from 17-19 November 2016, in conjunction with The Wesley Hospital, UQCCR and the BrAshA-T Foundation.
  • The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health, officially launched Australia’s first Autism Biobank, on Monday, 21 March 2016.
  • Commencement of Maternal Assisted Caesarean project in September 2016


Current Research Projects

  • Assessment of oocyte quality comparing light microscopy, DNA fragmentation and DNA repair mechanisms in immature human oocytes and oocytes that fail to fertilise [Chief Investigators: A/Prof John Allan, Dr Elise Pelzer]
  • The term placental microbiome: is the microbial diversity dependent on the method of conception and/or the mode of delivery? [Chief Investigators: Dr Ross Turner, Dr Elise Pelzer]
  • Effects of exercise intensity on myocardial and arterial function, and intra-abdominal fat in obese children and adolescents [Chief Investigator: Dr Peter Cain]
  • FOXP2 gene expression in Classic Galactosaemia [Chief Investigator:  Prof David Coman]
  • Maternal Assisted Caesarean: What are the advantages and disadvantages of this procedure versus a traditional caesarean? [Chief Investigator: Dr Pauline Joubert]
  • Australian Autism Biobank [Chief Investigators:  A/Prof Andrew Whitehouse, Prof Sylvia Rogers]


Research receiving support and services from the BioBank only

  • Biomarkers for beta-cell survival & microvascular complications in type 1 diabetes – a prospective study [Chief Investigator: Prof Ranjeny Thomas]
  • Biomarkers for Endometriosis using Proteomic Profiling [Chief Investigator: Dr Richard Lipscombe]


Our Researchers

– Dr Peter Cain

– Prof David Coman

– Dr Pauline Joubert

– Dr Elise Pelzer

– Prof Sylvia Rogers

– A/Prof Andrew Whitehouse



Research Supporters

The Albrecht Foundation         |          The Thorsen Foundation          |          Prof David Coman          |          Autism CRC