Eleonora Dal Grande

Ms Eleonora Dal Grande

Post-doctoral researcher (epidemiologist)

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Eleonora Dal Grande
Post-doctoral researcher, epidemiologist
School of Animal and Veterinary Science
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide

Eleonora has worked in the public health field and with population health data since 1995. Since July 2018, she has been with the School and Animal Veterinary Science, The University of Adelaide, as a post-doc researcher in epidemiology, working on a project “to reduce incidence of a range of endemic conditions in sheep processed in South Australia through a value chain approach”.  She has been using the South Australian Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance program which monitors 20 endemic conditions in sheep with the aim to improve the health and welfare of these animals.

This three-year project is a collaboration between the SA Sheep Industry Fund (SIF), Thomas Foods International (TFI), JBS Australia, PIRSA Biosecurity SA, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Animal Health Australia (AHA) and the University of Adelaide. Part of this project, the cost of major health conditions to the sheep red meat value chains operating in SA will be quantified.  This will provide the basis for ongoing investment from across the value chain in monitoring and reducing health condition incidence for the benefit of the overall sheep red meat value chain.

The information from this project will enhance the flow of information from processors to producers to enhance decision-making in management and treatment of these conditions on-farm, thus, improving growth efficiency, and optimising meat production and welfare in sheep.  Eight conditions that were identified as having either a high prevalence or cost, and also the potential for prevention, effective on-farm management or treatment will be the focus of this project.  These include arthritis/polyarthritis, sheep measles, pleurisy, pneumonia, grass seeds, lungworm, cheesy gland (or caseous lymphadenitis (CLA)) and rib fractures. 

Prior to this position, she was working at Telethon Kids Institute as a statistical analyst for nearly 18 months.  In this role, she provided statistical support to senior researchers in the Adelaide team to deliver high quality research around early child development (involves analysing large population datasets measuring the health, development and wellbeing of school children in Australia and administrative data from government databases (NAPLAN)). 

For over 15 years, she was employed in the Discipline of Medicine at The University of Adelaide as a Senior Research Associate (2011-2016) and at SA Health as a Senior Epidemiologist, in the area of surveillance of chronic disease and associated risk factors, survey methodology and population health data (human focus).  This work involves the planning and implementation of surveys, data management, advanced epidemiological analyses of the data, and preparation of reports and publications.  She has played an integral part in setting up the monthly monitoring and surveillance population survey, SAMSS (South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System).

She has completed her Phd in 2017 (topic “Surveillance of health status and health risk: the future of data collection using the telephone in Australia”) and a Masters of Public Health in 2001, both at The University of Adelaide; and a Bachelor of Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and Bachelor of Degree Honours in Mathematics from the University of South Australia.

Her interests include surveillance systems, population survey methodologies, health-related behaviours and chronic disease epidemiology.  Eleonora has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications, 50 departmental reports, and 40 peer-reviewed oral presentations or poster publications.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Post-doctoral research (epidmiology) The University of Adelaide
    2017 Adjunct Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2018 Statistical Analyst Telethon Kids Institute, South Australia
    2011 - 2017 Senior Research Associate / Senior Epidemiologist The University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2010 Senior Epidemiologist SA Health
    1999 - 2002 Epidemiologist Department of Human Services
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1992 - 1992 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Applied & Industrial Mathematics
    1989 - 1991 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Applied Science in Mathematics and Computer Studies
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2012 - 2017 Doctor of Philosphy The University of Adelaide Australia
    1996 - 2001 Masters in Public health The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

  • Position: Post-doctoral researcher (epidemiologist)
  • Phone: 83137914
  • Email: eleonora.dalgrande01@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Leske
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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