Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
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 is an investigator of the PCOS NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence and an active participant in the international initiative to build PCOS awareness that will generate an international Evidence-Based guideline for the assessment and management of PCOS currently under public consultation. This followed an initial national guidelines approved by the NHMRC in 2011. Her expertise has been recognised at an international level with her appointment as a member of the international consensus group on Adolescent Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Dr Peña is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide and a Staff Specialist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
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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.
She 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.
Date Position Institution name 2016 Medical Clinical Council Member Women's and Children's Hospital 2013 Patient Care Ethics Committee Member Women's and Children's Hospital 2011 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2009 Paediatric Endocrinologist Children’s, Youth and Women’s Health Service 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 Competency French Can read and understand spoken Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
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
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.
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, as published in Hormone Research in Paediatrics. Washington, DC: Karger.
Grants and Funding
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|
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|
Anti-mullerian hormone isoforms in the diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
|Peña AS Chief investigator||Ms McLeod Departmental Research Grant||$10000|
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|
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|
|2010||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|
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
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Monitoring of vascular health in children at risk for atherosclerosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jennifer Jean Harrington
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2017 - ongoing Member International program organising committee for International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology IMPE Argentina 2015 - ongoing Member Organizing committee International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes/APEG — — 2013 - ongoing Secretary APEG Australian Paediatric Endocrine Group — — 2013 - ongoing Member Organising committee 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting ANZOS — — 2012 - ongoing Member Organising committee 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting ANZOS — New Zealand 2011 - ongoing Representative DSD Subcommittee — — 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
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2016 - ongoing Member Journal of Paediatric Child Health — — 2013 - ongoing Member Colombian National Academy of Medicine Journal — —
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