Infectious and nutritional co-morbidities in pregnancy and health outcomes amongst women and newborns in low- and middle-income countries

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Location
Burnet Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Michelle Scoullar joshua.vogel@burnet.edu.au
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Caroline Homer caroline.homer@burnet.edu.au
Dr Joshua Vogel Joshua.vogel@burnet.edu.au
Dr Alyce Wilson alyce.wilson@burnet.edu.au

Summary This project will allow the student to gain experience in global maternal and perinatal health epidemiology, systematic review and quantitative analysis methodologies, with a view to a scientific publication and pursuing a PhD.

Project Details

Despite substantial efforts, globally over 300,000 women still die each year during pregnancy, childbirth, or the postpartum period, mostly from preventable causes. Although this burden disproportionately occurs in communities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), it also affects increasing numbers of women in disadvantaged communities in some high-income countries. It has been recognized that indirect causes (such as non-communicable diseases and malnutrition) are playing an increasingly significant role in the global burden.

Many women in LMICs experience multiple co-morbidities simultaneously – for example, having anaemia, malaria and sexually transmitted infections concurrently. Emerging evidence suggests that when these conditions overlap, the negative effects may be synergistic rather than additive. This project will involve a systematic review to examine the association of co-morbidities during pregnancy and their effect on maternal and newborn health outcomes in LMICs.

The student will work with the Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health Group at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne (primarily desk-based research). This project will allow the student to gain experience in global maternal and perinatal health epidemiology, systematic review and quantitative analysis methodologies, with a view to a scientific publication and pursuing a PhD.



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health, Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health, Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care, Screening and early detection of disease



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
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

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Research Node

Burnet Institute

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