The long term outcomes of children of pregnancies complicated by diabetes

Research Opportunity
Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Master Places Available
Department / Centre
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Austin Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anthea Lindquist 03 8458 4381 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Roxanne Hastie 03 8458 4381 Personal web page
Ms Anna Middleton 03 8458 4381


This project opens February 2022.

Diabetes is common among the Australian population, including among pregnant women. While the short-term impacts of diabetes during pregnancy on an unborn baby have been investigated, we still do not know the longer-term impact on these babies including brain development and educational outcomes. A better understanding of the long-term impact of a mother having diabetes during pregnancy may help target care to women with diabetes during pregnancy and provide support and early intervention after birth.

Project Details

The Mercy Perinatal Epidemiology Group (based at the Mercy Hospital for Women) has an exciting opportunity for a motived MBioMedSci student to investigate the long-term outcomes for babies born in Victoria since 2005, whose mothers had diabetes during their pregnancy. While securely accessing linked Victorian and Commonwealth datasets, the successful applicant will be supported to perform statistical analysis to assess what impact diabetes during pregnancy has on the long-term outcomes of babies, specifically on early development and educational attainment.

This position will be well-supported by the Senior Perinatal Epidemiologists and staff within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. A clinical background in health is not required. Student or professional experience using REDCap and/or STATA software are an advantage, but not required.

Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department / Centre

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Node

Austin Health

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