SRB Public Forum - Birth, Babies and Beyond

SRB Public Symposium 2017

Invited Speakers

John Newnham University of Western Australia
Preventing preterm birth in Western Australia

Jeffry Keelan University of Western Australia
Title to be confirmed

Michael Davies University of Adelaide
Fertility in the fast lane - 21st technologies and reproductive outcomes

Jacqueline Boyle Monash University
Before, between and beyond pregnancy - optimising reproductive health for all


If you would like to attend the Birth, Babies and Beyond Public Symposium and are also attending the Joint ESA-SRB 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, you can sign up via the add-on page when registering for meeting. 

If you are not attending the ESA-SRB 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting but would like to attend the Symposium, please contact Jennifa Vo from ASN Events to register.

Invited Speaker Biographies

John Newnham
University of Western Australia

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John Newnham is Professor of Obstetrics at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and is a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine. He is Head of the UWA Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology based at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Chief Scientific Director of the Women and Infants Research Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Peking University, Beijing, and Honorary Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing, China. His acknowledgments include the Gold Medal of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (London); the Order of Australia in the general division; and an Oration in his name at the annual scientific meetings of the Australian and New Zealand DOHaD Society. His research interests focus on prevention of preterm birth and the early life origins of health and disease. He has initiated many clinical and laboratory research studies, including The Raine Study and the Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative.



Jeffry Keelan
University of Western Australia

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Jeff Keelan is Professor and Head of Laboratories at the University of Western Australia’s Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH), in Perth, WA. He is Director of clinical research governance at KEMH, Deputy Director of the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF), Scientific Director of the Western Australia Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative and Co-Chair of the WA Microbiome Consortium of WA (MiCWA). He is Associated Editor of Reproduction, Fertility and Development, BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, and Journal of Pregnancy. His current research is centred on the pharmacological treatment of intraamniotic infection/inflammation for the prevention of preterm birth, placental health and dysfunction, nanoparticle-based drug delivery in pregnancy, the intrauterine microbial and endocrine environment, intrauterine metagenomics and lipidomics. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 40), received more than $16 M in competitive grant funding in Australia, and supervised 50 HDR students.

Twitter: @jeff_keelan.


Michael Davies
University of Adelaide

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Professor Michael Davies (MPH, PhD), is an epidemiologist located within the Robinson Institute at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He also co-directs the Lifecourse and Intergenerational Health Research Group. His research focuses on the social and biological pathways to health at different points in the life course, commencing with the question of how periconceptional and pregnancy related factors alter our health trajectories. As part of this research program, he is interested in fertility decision making and related technologies, including questions related to the safety and effectiveness of treatments for infertility. In 2012 he published a major study on the risk of birth defects after infertility treatment that was, for the first time, able to identify both patient and specific treatment factors related to these important outcomes. This was followed in 2014 with a comprehensive analysis of perinatal outcomes across all infertility treatment modalities. He also leads both the Lucina birth cohort study on the aetiology and health consequences of PCOS, and the South Australian Birth Cohort, which is a whole of population data linkage study of fertility and population health.

Jacqueline Boyle
Monash University

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Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle is an obstetrician/gynaecologist and Deputy Director at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University. Her work is focused on public health research in reproductive health and health services, particularly aiming to improve health outcomes for those who experience inequity in health promotion, health care and environments supportive of  positive health behaviours.