Emily Aldridge

Emily Aldridge

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


My research on pregnancy complications and maternal health, cardiovascular disease, and disease prevention. I currently coordinate a number of investigator-led observational studies and clinical trials. All research is based at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. Our group is currently able to supervise third year, summer scholarship, Honours and HDR research students, as well as medical students.

 

Available Research Projects

Northern Cardiovascular Research Group (Lyell McEwin Hospital)

Our research group aims to improve outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease in northern Adelaide. Our main research themes include management of coronary heart disease, heart disorders during pregnancy, and heart disease in women. We are a passionate team of clinicians and scientists who have a strong focus on collaborative clinical research in a hospital setting. The diversity of our research strengths and methods means that there are many opportunities for students to explore and develop their own research interests.

 

Research Project 1 - Pregnancy and heart disease

Project description: This project seeks to explore the influence of pregnancy complications on future health of women who present to the Lyell McEwin Hospital with heart disease. Traditional risk factors for heart disease include hypertension, diabetes, smoking and obesity. There is clear evidence indicating that pregnancy complications should be counted as equally important risk factors, but they are not routinely considered by clinicians in risk assessments. This clinical project will recruit inpatients and administering pregnancy history questionnaires.

Projects available for: Honours / HDR / Masters
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2 
Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

 

Research Project 2 - Cardiovascular assessment after obstetric complications: follow-up for education and evaluation (COFFEE)

Project description:  This study encompasses clinical, lab-based, and qualitative projects with a strong emphasis on translatable research. Women who experience complications of pregnancy have an increased risk of developing future cardiovascular disease. The COFFEE program is the first Australian research-informed, clinical-based postpartum initiative for women who have had a pregnancy complication.

Projects available for: Third Year / Honours / HDR / Masters
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

 

Research Project 3 - Surviving cardiac arrest in Northern Adelaide

Project description: Our projects combine cardiology, emergency, intensive care, and SA Ambulance, with potential for broader collaboration with epidemiology, rehabilitation medicine, outcomes research and psychiatry. Projects aim to improve overall survival after cardiac arrest and include: (1) Cardiac interventions; (2) Gender disparities; (3) Physical, mental, and emotional outcomes; (4) End of life care. Small to medium projects can be adapted to suit the interests of summer research and honours students. 

Projects available for: Third Year / Honours / HDR / Masters
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

 

Research Project 4 – Risk stratification in acute coronary syndrome

Project description: This project focuses on validating novel non-invasive screening and diagnostic methods for patients with acute coronary syndrome. This randomised controlled trial will involve recruiting inpatients and outpatients at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

Projects available for: Honours / HDR / Masters
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

 

Research Project 5 – The effect of pregnancy complications and lifestyle on the health of mother and child

Project description: This clinical project focuses on following up women and children to measure cardiovascular and other risk factors. A range of sub-projects may be developed to focus on clinical and social influences of maternal and child health.

Projects available for: Honours / HDR / Masters
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Tutarel, O., Ramlakhan, K. P., Baris, L., Subirana, M. T., Bouchardy, J., Nemes, A., . . . Gouton, M. (2021). Pregnancy outcomes in women after arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries: Results from ropac (registry of pregnancy and cardiac disease) of the european society of cardiology eurobservational research programme. Journal of the American Heart Association, 10(1), 1-11.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC3
    2020 Plummer, M. D., Andraweera, P. H., Garrett, A., Leemaqz, S., Wittwer, M., Aldridge, E., . . . Roberts, C. T. (2020). Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and later cardiovascular disease risk in mothers and children. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 12(4), 1-6.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1 Europe PMC3
    2019 Aldridge, E., Mollen, J., Verburg, P., Wittwer, M., Dekker, G., Roberts, C., & Arstall, M. (2019). Agreement of aneroid and oscillometric blood pressure devices used in pregnancy. Pregnancy Hypertension, 17, 43-48.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2019 Aldridge, E., Verburg, P. E., Sierp, S., Andraweera, P., Dekker, G. A., Roberts, C. T., & Arstall, M. A. (2019). A Protocol for Nurse-Practitioner Led Cardiovascular Follow-Up After Pregnancy Complications in a Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Population.. Front Cardiovasc Med, 6, 184.
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    2015 Alves, E., Fielder, A., Ghabriel, N., Sawyer, M., & Buisman-Pijlman, F. (2015). Early social environment affects the endogenous oxytocin system: a review and future directions. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 6(MAR), 1-6.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS21 Europe PMC13
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2016 Aldridge, E. L. (2016). Cardiovascular assessment after obstetric complications: follow-up for education and evaluation (COFFEE). Poster session presented at the meeting of SA State Population Health Conference 2016.

2019 Heart Foundation Australia Doreen Susan Champion Travel Grant

2019 Adelaide Medical School Research Committee Small Equipment Round

2018 The Hospital Research Foundation Travel Award

2018 The Hospital Research Foundation PhD Fellowship

2018 Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand Educational Travel Award

2017 FHMS Travel Award - International

 

2020 Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Third Year Research Placement Projects, Supervisor

2021 Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Third Year Research Placement Projects, Supervisor

2021 Third Year Medical Studies Research & Critical Appraisal, Teaching Assistant

 

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand Australia

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