Alexia Pena Vargas

Dr Alexia Pena Vargas

Associate Professor

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Peña is an Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide and a Staff Specialist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Dr Alexia Peña is a Paediatrician originally trained in Colombia, South America. She migrated to Australia in 2000 to complete her training in Paediatric Endocrinology (FRACP). She completed her PhD in 2008 examining early markers of cardiovascular disease and strategies to improve vascular health in children with type 1 diabetes and obesity. Her research in childhood vascular health has been published in high impact factor journals and has been presented nationally and internationally.

Dr Peña has also a strong research interest in Adolescent Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). She was an investigator of the PCOS NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence that generated an international Evidence-Based guideline for the assessment and management of PCOS published in late 2018 and the adolescent guidelines published in 2020. Her expertise has been recognised at a international level with her appointment as a member of the international consensus group on Adolescent Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Dr Peña led the first Australasian guidelines for assessment and management of children and adolescents with Type 2 diabetes which were published in MJA in 2020. In 2021, Dr Peña was asked to be part of the writing group of the International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes guidelines on paediatric type 2 diabetes which will be published in 2022.

Last updated November 2021

Dr Peña has strong research interest into early markers of cardiovascular disease in children with type 1 diabetes or obesity, and strategies to prevent cardiovascular disease from childhood.

Dr Peña has also a strong research interest in management of childhood and adolescent obesity; and its comorbidities including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. She is part of the Centre for Research Excellence in the evaluation, management and health care needs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and related health implications. Dr Peña was involved in the development of international evidence based guidelines to improve the care of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  Her research includes evaluation of diagnosis experiences in adolescents with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and strategies to improve quality of life and well being of these girls.

In 2018, Dr Peña was selected for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia Future Research Leaders Program. This competitive program aims to support researchers in the early-mid stages of their careers to develop leadership potential. In collaboration with interstate researchers in this program Dr Peña will evaluate immune regulatory cells and kidney disease progression in people with type 1 diabetes.

Dr Peña led the first Australasian guidelines for assessment and management of children and adolescents with Type 2 diabetes which were published in MJA in 2020. In 2021, Dr Peña was asked to be part of the writing group of the International Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes guidelines on paediatric type 2 diabetes which will be published in 2022.

 

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - 2020 Medical Clinical Council Member Women's and Children's Hospital
    2015 Paediatric Endocrinologist Children’s, Youth and Women’s Health Service
    2013 Patient Care Ethics Committee Member Women's and Children's Hospital
    2011 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2011 Clinical Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award The Alice Davey Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Nomination Award nomination for student teaching
    2014 Award Kaichi Kida APPES Presentation Award
    2013 Invitation Australian representatives to attend the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology Science School in Haifa Israel
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    French Can read and understand spoken
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2004 - 2008 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2003 - 2019 Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia FRACP (PaediatricEndocrinology)
    1997 - 2000 Universidad Nacional Colombia Specialist in Paediatrics
    1990 - 1995 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Colombia MD
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Jensen, E., Allen, G., Bednarz, J., Couper, J., & Peña, A. (2021). Periodontal risk markers in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes/metabolism research and reviews, 37(1), 1-8.
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    2021 Jensen, E. D., Selway, C. A., Allen, G., Bednarz, J., Weyrich, L. S., Gue, S., . . . Couper, J. (2021). Early markers of periodontal disease and altered oral microbiota are associated with glycemic control in children with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 22(3), 474-481.
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    2021 Peña, A. S., Teede, H., Hewawasam, E., Hull, M. L., & Gibson-Helm, M. (2021). Diagnosis experiences of adolescents with polycystic ovary syndrome: cross-sectional study. Clinical Endocrinology, 1-8.
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    2021 Ludwig, K., Craig, M. E., Donaghue, K. C., Maguire, A., Benitez-Aguirre, P. Z., Colman, P., . . . Zoungas, S. (2021). Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents across Australia and New Zealand: A 6-year audit from The Australasian Diabetes Data Network (ADDN). Pediatric Diabetes, 22(3), 380-387.
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    2021 Peña, A. S., Harrington, J., Peters Black, S. K., Gent, R., Hirte, C., Couper, J. J., & Wiltshire, E. (2021). Vascular function and distribution of adiponectin isomers during puberty in children and adolescents with obesity. Hormone Research in Paediatrics, 94(5-6), 186-193.
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    2020 Cherubini, V., Grimsmann, J. M., Åkesson, K., Birkebæk, N. H., Cinek, O., Dovč, K., . . . Dabelea, D. (2020). Temporal trends in diabetic ketoacidosis at diagnosis of paediatric type 1 diabetes between 2006 and 2016: results from 13 countries in three continents. Diabetologia, 63(8), 1530-1541.
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    2020 Peña, A. S., Curran, J. A., Fuery, M., George, C., Jefferies, C. A., Lobley, K., . . . Dahiya, R. (2020). Screening, assessment and management of type 2 diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents: Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group guidelines. Medical Journal of Australia, 213(1), 30-43.
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    2020 Wilson, N. A., Kenny, M. A., & Peña, A. S. (2020). Role of meditation to improve children's health: Time to look at other strategies.. Journal of paediatrics and child health, 57(2), 178-181.
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    2020 Wiltshire, E., Pena Vargas, A., MacKenzie, K., Shaw, G., & Couper, J. (2020). High dose folic acid is a potential treatment for pulmonary hypertension, including when associated with COVID-19 pneumonia. Medical Hypotheses, 143, 110142-1-110142-2.
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    2020 Wilson, N., & Pena, A. S. (2020). Quality of life in adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 56(9), 1351-1357.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2020 Witchel, S. F., Teede, H. J., & Pena Vargas, A. (2020). Curtailing PCOS. Pediatric research, 87(2), 353-361.
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    2020 Hewawasam, E., Brennan, L., Giles, L., Hull, M. L., Short, A., Norman, R., & Peña, A. S. (2020). Assessing whether meditation improves quality of life for adolescent girls with polycystic ovary syndrome: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(1), e14542.
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    2020 Pena Vargas, A., Witchel, S. F., Hoeger, K. M., Oberfield, S. E., Vogiatzi, M. G., Misso, M., . . . Teede, H. (2020). Adolescent polycystic ovary syndrome according to the international evidence-based guideline. BMC Medicine, 18(1), 72.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS28 Europe PMC14
    2019 Thomson, R., Adams, L., Anderson, J., Maftei, O., Couper, J. J., Giles, L., & Pena, A. (2019). Australian children with type 1 diabetes consume high sodium and high saturated fat diets: Comparison with national and international guidelines.. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 55(10), 1188-1193.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC1
    2019 Leggett, C., Giles, L., Anderson, J. J. A., Doogue, M., Couper, J., & Pena, A. S. (2019). Adherence to metformin is reduced during school holidays and weekends in children with type 1 diabetes participating in a randomised controlled trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 104(9), 890-894.
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    2019 Teede, H., Tassone, E. C., Piltonen, T., Malhotra, J., Mol, B. W., Peña, A., . . . Misso, M. L. (2019). Effect of the combined oral contraceptive pill and/or metformin in the management of polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review with meta-analyses. Clinical Endocrinology, 91(4), 479-489.
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    2019 Witchel, S. F., Oberfield, S. E., & Pena, A. (2019). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Pathophysiology, Presentation, and Treatment With Emphasis on Adolescent Girls.. Journal of the Endocrine Society, 3(8), 1545-1573.
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    2018 Brennan, L., Broekmans, F., Dabadghao, P., Devoto, L., Dewailly, D., Downes, L., . . . Yildiz, B. (2018). Recommendations from the international evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome. Human Reproduction, 33(9), 1602-1618.
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    2018 Teede, H. J., Misso, M. L., Boyle, J. A., Garad, R. M., McAllister, V., Downes, L., . . . Norman, R. J. (2018). Translation and implementation of the Australian-led PCOS guideline: clinical summary and translation resources from the International Evidence-based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Medical Journal of Australia, 209(7 Suppl.), S3-S23.
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    2018 Teede, H. J., Misso, M. L., Boyle, J. A., Garad, R. M., McAllister, V., Downes, L., . . . Norman, R. J. (2018). Translation and implementation of the Australian-led PCOS guideline: clinical summary and translation resources from the International Evidence-based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Medical Journal of Australia, 209(7 Suppl.), S3-S23.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS22 Europe PMC19
    2018 Peña, A., & Metz, M. (2018). What is adolescent polycystic ovary syndrome?. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 54(4), 351-355.
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    2018 Teede, H., Misso, M., Costello, M., Dokras, A., Laven, J., Moran, L., . . . Yildiz, B. (2018). Recommendations from the international evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome. Clinical Endocrinology, 89(3), 251-268.
    DOI Scopus98 WoS123 Europe PMC46
    2018 Peña, A. S., Liew, G., Anderson, J., Giles, L. C., Gent, R., Wong, T. Y., & Couper, J. J. (2018). Early atherosclerosis is associated with retinal microvascular changes in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 19(8), 1467-1470.
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    2018 Teede, H., Misso, M. L., Costello, M. F., Dokras, A., Laven, J., Moran, L., . . . Yildiz, B. O. (2018). Recommendations from the international evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertility and Sterility, 110(3), 364-379.
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    2018 Anderson, J., Couper, J., Toome, S., Mpundu-Kaambwa, C., Giles, L., Gent, R., . . . Peña, A. (2018). Dietary sodium intake relates to vascular health in children with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 19(1), 138-142.
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    2018 Pillay, S., Anderson, J., Couper, J., Maftei, O., Gent, R., & Pena Vargas, A. (2018). Children with type 1 diabetes have delayed flow-mediated dilation. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 42(3), 276-280.
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    2018 Peà A, A., Doherty, D., Atkinson, H., Hickey, M., Norman, R., & Hart, R. (2018). The majority of irregular menstrual cycles in adolescence are ovulatory: results of a prospective study. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103(3), 235-239.
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    2017 Anderson, J. J. A., Couper, J. J., Giles, L. C., Leggett, C. E., Gent, R., Coppin, B., & Peña, A. S. (2017). Effect of metformin on vascular function in children with type 1 diabetes: A 12-month randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 102(12), 4448-4456.
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    2017 Ibáñez, L., Oberfield, S., Witchel, S., Auchus, R., Chang, R., Codner, E., . . . Lee, P. (2017). An International Consortium Update: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in Adolescence. Hormone Research in Paediatrics, 88(6), 371-395.
    DOI Scopus124 WoS112 Europe PMC54
    2017 Peña, A., Delko, T., Couper, R., Sutton, K., Kritas, S., Omari, T., . . . Khurana, S. (2017). Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in Australian adolescents : should it be done?. Obesity Surgery, 27(7), 1667-1673.
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    2017 Craig, M. E., Prinz, N., Boyle, C. T., Campbell, F. M., Jones, T. W., Hofer, S. E., . . . Warner, J. T. (2017). Prevalence of Celiac Disease in 52,721 youth with type 1 diabetes: International comparison across three continents. Diabetes Care, 40(8), 1034-1040.
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    2016 Peña, A., Maftei, O., Harrington, J., Anderson, J., Hirte, C., Gent, R., & Couper, J. (2016). Lack of evidence for progression of atherosclerosis during puberty in type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 17(3), 199-205.
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    2016 Peña, A. S., Graham, A., Rao, V., Henning, P., & Couper, J. (2016). Diabetes recurrence after haemolytic uraemic syndrome outbreak in Adelaide. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52(7), 771-773.
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    2016 Anderson, J., Couper, J., Mpundu-Kaambwa, C., Giles, L., Gent, R., Coppin, B., & Peña, A. (2016). An extra 1,000 steps per day relates to improved cardiovascular health in children with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 39(8), e108-e109.
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    2015 Witchel, S., Oberfield, S., Rosenfield, R., Codner, E., Bonny, A., Ibáñez, L., . . . Lee, P. (2015). The Diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome during Adolescence. Hormone Research in Paediatrics, 83(6), 376-389.
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    2015 Wiltshire, E., Peña, A., MacKenzie, K., Bose-Sundernathan, T., Gent, R., & Couper, J. (2015). A NOS3 Polymorphism Determines Endothelial Response to Folate in Children with Type 1 Diabetes or Obesity. Journal of Pediatrics, 166(2), 319-325.e1.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7 Europe PMC6
    2014 Maftei, O., Pena, A., Sullivan, T., Jones, T., Donaghue, K., Cameron, F., . . . Couper, J. (2014). Early atherosclerosis relates to urinary albumin excretion and cardiovascular risk factors in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: adolescent type 1 Diabetes cardiorenal Intervention Trial (AdDIT). Diabetes Care, 37(11), 3069-3075.
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    2014 Ito, N., Peña, A., Perano, S., Atkins, G., Findlay, D., & Couper, J. (2014). First Australian report of vitamin D-dependent rickets type I. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(7), 420-421.
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    2013 Harrington, J., Pena Vargas, A., Wilson, L., Gent, R., Dowling, K., Baghurst, P., & Couper, J. (2013). Vascular function and glucose variability improve transiently following initiation of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in children with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 14(7), 504-511.
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    2013 Anderson, J., Pena Vargas, A., Sullivan, T., Gent, R., D'Arcy, B., Olds, T., . . . Couper, J. (2013). Does metformin improve vascular health in children with Type 1 diabetes? Protocol for a one year, double blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 13(1), 1-10.
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    2013 Pena Vargas, A., Maftei, O., Dowling, K., Gent, R., Wiltshire, E., MacKenzie, K., & Couper, J. (2013). Folate fortification and supplementation do not provide vascular health benefits in type 1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatrics, 163(1), 255-260.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS11 Europe PMC6
    2012 Pena Vargas, A., Couper, J., Harrington, J., Gent, R., Fairchild, J., Tham, E., & Baghurst, P. (2012). Hypoglycemia, but Not Glucose Variability, Relates to Vascular Function in Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 14(6), 457-462.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS36 Europe PMC29
    2012 Harrington, J., Pena Vargas, A., Gent, R., Hirte, C., & Couper, J. (2012). Adolescents with congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency have vascular dysfunction. Clinical Endocrinology, 76(6), 837-842.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS24 Europe PMC14
    2010 Harrington, J., Pena Vargas, A., Gent, R., Hirte, C., & Couper, J. (2010). Aortic intima media thickness is an early marker of atherosclerosis in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Pediatrics, 156(2), 237-241.
    DOI Scopus83 WoS79 Europe PMC56
    2010 Pena Vargas, A., Belobrajdic, D., Wiltshire, E., Gent, R., Hirte, C., & Couper, J. (2010). Adiponectin relates to smooth muscle function and folate in obese children. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 5(2), 185-191.
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    2009 MacKenzie, K., Wiltshire, E., Pena Vargas, A., Gent, R., Hirte, C., Piotto, L., & Couper, J. (2009). Hs-CRP is associated with weight, BMI, and female sex but not with endothelial function in children with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 10(1), 44-51.
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    2009 Pena, A. S., Wiltshire, E. J., Harrington, J., McKenzie, K., Gent, R., Piotto, L., . . . Couper, J. (2009). Deterioration in vascular function during puberty in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. HORMONE RESEARCH, 72, 57.
    2009 Wiltshire, E. J., Pena, A. S., MacKenzie, K., Piotto, L., Gent, R., Bose, T., & Couper, J. J. (2009). Polymorphisms in endothelial nitric oxide synthase influence folate status and predict endothelial response to folate in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes or obesity. HORMONE RESEARCH, 72, 58.
    2008 Couper, J., & Pena Vargas, A. (2008). Folate, homocysteine, and candidate genes for vascular disease in children with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 9(part 2), 345-347.
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    2007 Pena Vargas, A., Wiltshire, E., Gent, R., Piotto, L., Hirte, C., & Couper, J. (2007). Folic acid does not improve endothelial function in obese children and adolescents. Diabetes Care, 30(8), 2122-2127.
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    2006 Pena Vargas, A., Wiltshire, E., MacKenzie, K., Gent, R., Piotto, L., Hirte, C., & Couper, J. (2006). Vascular endothelial and smooth muscle function relates to body mass index and glucose in obese and nonobese children. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 91(11), 4467-4471.
    DOI Scopus71 WoS68 Europe PMC46
    2004 Pena Vargas, A., Wiltshire, E., Gent, R., Hirte, C., & Couper, J. (2004). Folic acid improves endothelial function in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatrics, 144(4), 500-504.
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    2002 Wiltshire, E., Gent, R., Hirte, C., Pena Vargas, A., Thomas, D., & Couper, J. (2002). Endothelial dysfunction relates to folate status in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes, 51(7), 2282-2286.
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    Hewawasam, E., Brennan, L., Giles, L., Hull, M. L., Short, A., Norman, R., & Peña, A. S. (n.d.). Assessing Whether Meditation Improves Quality of Life for Adolescent Girls With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (Preprint).
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Pena, A., Hoeger, K., Oberfield, S., Witchel, S., Vogiatzi, M., Misso, M., & Teede, H. (2018). Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) According to the 2018 International Evidence-Based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of PCOS. In AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY Vol. 58 (pp. 4-5). WILEY.
    2018 Pena, A., Witchel, S., Hoeger, K., Oberfield, S., Vogiatzi, M., Misso, M., & Teede, H. (2018). Pharmacological Treatment of Adolescent Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) According to the 2018 International Evidence-Based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of PCOS. In HORMONE RESEARCH IN PAEDIATRICS Vol. 90 (pp. 99-100). KARGER.
    2018 Pena, A., Hoeger, K., Oberfield, S., Wiitchel, S., Vogiatzi, M., Misso, M., & Teede, H. (2018). Diagnosis of Adolescent Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) According to the 2018 International Evidence-Based Guideline for the Assessment and Management of PCOS. In HORMONE RESEARCH IN PAEDIATRICS Vol. 90 (pp. 551). KARGER.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2017 Adams, L., Thomson, R., Couper, J., Anderson, J., Maftei, O., Giles, L., & Pena, A. S. (2017). Australian children with type 1 diabetes consume high sodium and high saturated fat diets: longitudinal comparison with national and international guidelines. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of the 10th International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology, as published in Hormone Research in Paediatrics. Washington, DC: Karger.
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Grants and Funding
2019-2023

The First 1,000 Days: in-utero and early life exposures and their contribution to child obesity.

Peña AS Chief investigator CIB NHMRC Project Grant $2,426,050
2020-2021 Regulatory T Cells and Kidney Disease Progression in Type 1 diabetes Ekinci E including Peña AS et al as investigator

JDRF Australia

EMCR Future Research Leaders Program 

$100,000
2019-2021

Does meditation improve quality of life and coping in adolescents with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? A pilot randomized controlled study.

Peña AS Chief investigator WCH Research Project grant $75,000
2019

Anti-mullerian hormone isoforms in the diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 

Peña AS Chief investigator Ms McLeod Departmental Research Grant $10000
2018

Does treatment of early periodontal disease improve vascular health of children with Type 1 diabetes?

Peña AS Chief investigator CIB WCH Research Project grant $74,734
2017

Adolescents experiences with the diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Peña AS Chief investigator NHMRC CRE project support grant $13,600
2017 Adolescents experiences with the diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Peña AS Chief investigator Ms McLeod Departmental Research Grant $10000
2015 Do vascular benefits of metformin persist during puberty in type 1 diabetes? Adelaide Metformin RCT follow up study. Peña AS Chief investigator. WCH Project grant $74,734
2015 Measurement of metformin levels in the analysis of Adelaide Metformin randomized controlled trial”. Peña AS Chief investigator Ms McLeod Departmental Research Grant 2015 $10000
2015 APP1078444 Centre for Research Excellence in the evaluation, management and health care needs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and related health implications Peña AS Associate Investigator NHMRC 2015 $2,489,052
2013 APP1067807 Cystic Fibrosis ‐ Insulin Deficiency, Early Action (CF‐IDEA) Peña AS Associate investigator NHMRC  2013 $180,758
2013 Is hyperandrogenism a risk factor for vascular health in adolescent girls with type 1 diabetes? Peña AS Chief investigator Ms McLeod Departmental Research Grant 2013 $10000
2012 Does Metformin improve vascular structure in overweight youth with type 1 diabetes? Peña AS Associate Investigator Diabetes Australia Research Grant 2012 $58840
2011 Does Metformin improve vascular function in overweight youth with type 1 diabetes? Peña AS – Associate Investigator WCH Project grant 2011 $50000
2011 Does Metformin improve vascular function in overweight youth with type 1 diabetes? Peña AS – Chief Investigator APEC Pfizer Grants 2010 $50000
2009 What is the minimum dose of folic acid that improves vascular health in children with type 1 diabetes? Peña AS – Chief investigator WCH foundation Research Project grant 2009 $50000
2006 Peri pubertal changes in vascular function in children with type 1 diabetes and obesity. Peña AS – Chief investigator The APEG Novo Nordisk Research Grant 2006 $25000
    Teaching

    Medical Students: Small group medical tutorials (4-5 students per tutorial) per term.

    Write questions for OSCE medical exams and barrier exam.

    Examiner of OSCE and barrier exam.

    Examiner of observer clinical assessment of 5th year medical students.

    Chair of the School of Medicine MBBS Admissions Working Group since 2019.

     

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    • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2011 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Vascular health in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: The influence of exercise, diet, and metformin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Jemma Jay Angela Anderson
      2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Monitoring of vascular health in children at risk for atherosclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jennifer Jean Harrington
    • Other Supervision Activities

      Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
      2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor The effect of meditation on quality of life of girls with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome The University of Adelaide Other Nina Wilson
      2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in adolescents The University of Adelaide Other Erandi Hewawasam
      2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Do vascular benefits of metformin persist during puberty in children with type 1 diabetes? Women's and Children's Hospital Post doctoral fellow Other Oana Maftei
      2015 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Physical Activity determines bone health in children with type 1 diabetes The University of Adelaide Medical Student Research Elective Other Full Time Athul John
      2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Evaluation of activity levels, sedentary behaviour and screen time in children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). The University of Adelaide Honours Honours Full Time Troy Frede
      2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Effects of diet composition on blood vessel health in children with type 1 diabetes University of Applied Sciences Hanzehogeschool Final research project for Sport and Health Science Degree Other Full Time Jorien Schokker
      2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Evaluation of early markers of cardiovascular disease (delayed flow mediated dilatation and intima media thickness) in children with Type 1 Diabetes and healthy children The University of Adelaide Medical Research Student Elective Other Full Time Sarveshinee Pillay
      2013 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Evaluation of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes using SenseWear and the Multimedia Activity Recall for Children and Adolescents University of Applied Sciences Hanzehogeschool Final research project for Sport and Health Science Degree Other Full Time Adine Mayenburg
      2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Vascular health in type 1 diabetes Women's and Children's Hospital Post doctoral fellow Other Part Time Oana Maftei
    • Mentoring

      Date Topic Location Name
      2013 - 2014 Research Robinson Research Institute Laura Spencer
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    • Committee Memberships

      Date Role Committee Institution Country
      2019 - ongoing Chair School of Medicine MBBS Admissions Working Group The University of Adelaide Australia
      2019 - ongoing Member Faculty Admission Committee Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences The University of Adelaide Australia
      2019 - ongoing Member UCAT ANZ Test Management Committee UCAT Australia
      2019 - ongoing Co-Chair Scientific Program Organising Committee APEG Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) Australia
      2019 - ongoing Co-Chair Patient Care Ethics Committee Women's and Children's Hospital Australia
      2019 - 2019 Member School of Medicine MBBS Admissions Working Group The Unversity of Adelaide Australia
      2018 - 2019 Member Scientific Program Organising Committee APEG APEG Australia
      2017 - ongoing Member International program organising committee for International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology IMPE Argentina
      2017 - ongoing Member Scientific Committee World Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology World Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology Australia
      2017 - 2019 Member Lab Group APEG Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) Australia
      2016 - ongoing Member Medical Clinical Council Women's and Children's Hospital Australia
      2016 - 2018 Member Medical treatment Evidence-based Guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Centre for research excellence in polycystic ovary syndrome Australia
      2015 - ongoing Member Organizing committee International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes/APEG
      2013 - 2019 Member Patient Care Ethics Committee Women's and Children's Hospital Australia
      2013 - ongoing Member Organising committee 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting ANZOS
      2013 - ongoing Secretary APEG Australian Paediatric Endocrine Group
      2012 - ongoing Member Organising committee 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting ANZOS New Zealand
      2011 - ongoing Representative DSD Subcommittee APEG Australia
      2011 - ongoing Chair Organising committee 21st Annual Scientific Meeting ANZOS
      2010 - ongoing Member Local organizing committee Annual Scientific Meeting APEG
      2009 - 2012 Member Diabetes Database Subcommittee APEG
      2009 - ongoing Council APEG Australian Paediatric Endocrine Group
      2009 - 2013 Council ASSO/ANZOS The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
      2006 - 2012 Member Drug Therapeutic Committee Clinical Trials Review Working Party Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service Australia
    • Community Engagement

      Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
      2019 - 2019 Turner Syndrome Association of Australia National Conference Public Community Engagement Turner Syndrome Association Australia
      2019 - 2019 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Research Update Public Community Engagement Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia
      2019 - 2019 The PCOS Questions and Answers event for consumers Public Community Engagement The University of Adelaide Australia
    • Editorial Boards

      Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
      2016 - ongoing Member Journal of Paediatric Child Health
      2013 - ongoing Member Colombian National Academy of Medicine Journal
    • Expert Witness

      Date Case Institution Country
      2015 - ongoing Inquiry into the Sexual Reassignment Repeal Bill 2014 Parliament of South Australia Australia
    • Position: Associate Professor
    • Phone: 81618134
    • Email: alexia.pena@adelaide.edu.au
    • Fax: 8161 7031
    • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
    • Building: WCH - Clarence Rieger Building
    • Org Unit: Women's and Children's Health

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