Emily Aldridge

Emily Aldridge

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


My research focuses broadly on pregnancy and heart disease. I currently contribute to a number of investigator-led studies and clinical trials. All research is based at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. 

Cardiovascular assessment after obstetric complications (COFFEE)

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Australian women. Research suggests that women who experience pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, spontaneous preterm birth and delivery of a small for gestational age infant, are more likely to develop future heart disease than their healthy counterparts. We aim to reduce cardiovascular risk in mothers who experience pregnancy complications through establishment of a research-based postpartum clinic at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. 

Cardiac Obstetric Registry of South Australia (COROSA)

This registry collects information on health and pregnancy outcomes of South Australian women who suffer from a known cardiac disease. It aims to monitor and improve treatments and outcomes for women and their babies. This registry is the first of its kind in South Australia.

EURObservational Research Programme

Our research team contributes to two international studies run by the EURObservational Research Programme, namely the Registry of Pregnancy and Cardiac Disease (ROPAC) and the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Registry (PPCM). Researchers from around the world contribute to these high quality databases to improve outcomes for pregnant women with cardiac disease and women who develop peripartum cardiomyopathy.

Prevention of contrast induced nephropathy by combined induced diuresis with euvolemic fluid resuscitation

This investigator-led clinical trial aims to reduce the incidence of contrast induced nephropathy in patients with chronic kidney disease.

 

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: 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 project seeks to explore the influence of pregnancy complications on future health of women who present to the Lyell McEwin Hospital with heart disease.

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

 

Research Project 2 - Cardiac Obstetric Registry of South Australia (COROSA)

Project description: COROSA is a collaboration between cardiology and obstetrics at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. We know that women with heart disease are more likely to have poor outcomes of pregnancy, but we have limited understanding of prevention and treatment techniques for these patients. Analysis of medical and demographic information about pregnant women who have heart disease may allow important advancements to be made towards improvement in patient care and outcomes. Projects can be tailored to suit interests of students. 

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

Special requirements: Police Clearance and vaccination required

 

Research Project 3 - Cardiovascular assessment after obstetric complications: follow-up for education and evaluation (COFFEE)

Project description: This study is an exciting partnership between cardiology and obstetrics based at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. 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 pregnancy complications. We have a variety of both clinic- and lab-based projects available with a strong emphasis on translatable clinical research. 

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 - Surviving Cardiac Arrest in Northern Adelaide

Project description: Only 1 in 10 people will survive after a cardiac arrest occurring outside of the hospital in northern Adelaide. In order to develop strategies to improve this high mortality rate, we have start an ongoing registry that offers the opportunity to explore each facet of the patient journey from arrest through to hospital discharge and beyond. Our projects mainly have a cardiology focus with input from hospital physicians and SAAS paramedics, but there is potential for broader collaborations with epidemiology, rehabilitation medicine, outcomes research and psychiatry. Small to medium projects can be adapted to suit the interests of summer research and honours students. Two broad PhD projects are available: firstly, a statewide study of physician-led decision-making for emergency cardiac catheterisation, including a trial of a treatment algorithm to improve survival; and secondly, a study of physical, mental and emotional outcomes after discharge with the opportunity to develop and trial an intervention to improve survivor and caregiver health status.

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

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

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

 

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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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