Alexia Pena Vargas

Dr Alexia Pena Vargas

Senior Lecturer

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.

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.

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  • Appointments

    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 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
Grants and Funding
2019

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
2019

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
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
    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

     

     

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    • Committee Memberships

      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
    • 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
    • Position: Senior Lecturer
    • Phone: 81618134
    • Email: alexia.pena@adelaide.edu.au
    • Fax: 8161 7031
    • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
    • Building: WCH - Clarence Rieger Building
    • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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