Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Erandi Hewawasam is a postdoctoral research fellow working at the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry (ANZDATA) at SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). She is currently leading patient-centred research in pregnancy and chronic kidney disease (CKD) using an array of methodologies including data-linkage, registry, cohort studies and surveys. Her vision is to improve parenthood outcomes for Australians with CKD by utilising evidence-based pathways for parenthood planning and care informed by robust data, patient and clinician perspectives. Erandi has completed a PhD in Science at the University of Adelaide in collaboration with SAHMRI, focusing on the short- and long-term effects of fish oil in preterm born children, which has been awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. She has also worked in other research roles at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Her research interests include maternal and fetal outcomes in pregnancies complicated by kidney disease. She is the South Australian representative for Development Origin of Health and Disease Australia and New Zealand (DOHaD ANZ) and a member of the Australian Society for Medical Research council (ASMR-SA).
Erandi has been teaching Human Body 1 and 2, and Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice courses at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia.
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Research focus: Overall vision is to improve parenthood outcomes for Australians with kidney disease through evidenced-based pathways for prarenthood planning and care informed by robust data, patient and clinician perspectives.
In plain language: My research program will help people with kidney disease to make informed choices about parenthood based on their individual circumstances, and support them to achieve a successful pregnancy with the right care in place.
Date Position Institution name 2020 - ongoing Post-doctoral research fellow South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute 2019 - 2019 Associate Lecturer University of Adelaide 2018 - 2019 Project Officer University of South Australia 2018 - 2019 Research Officer University of Adelaide 2017 - 2019 Study Assistant CMAX Clinical Research 2016 - ongoing University demonstrator University of South Australia 2015 - ongoing University tutor Univesity of South Australia 2015 - 2018 PhD Candidate University of Adelaide 2014 - 2014 Technical Officer Australian National Univeristy 2013 - 2014 Summer Research Scholar Australian National Univeristy 2013 - 2013 Clinical Trials Assistant Women's and Children's Hospital 2012 - 2017 High Achievers' Vacation Research Scholar University of South Australia and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Award ASMR-SA Early Career Researcher Presentation Award Australian Society for Medical Research Australia - 2020 Award Travel Grant Healthy Development Adelaide Australia - 2018 Award Dean's Commendation for doctoral thesis excellence University of Adelaide Australia - 2017 Award Esther Bright Travel Award Soroptimist International South Australia Australia - 2017 Award Travel Grant Healthy Development Adelaide Australia - 2016 Award Best PhD presentation South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Australia - 2016 Award Best presentation on Food and Nutrtition Foodplus Research Centre, University of Adelaide Australia - 2015 Award Early Career Researcher Development Travel Grant Endocrine society of Australia Australia - 2015 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award University of Adelaide Australia - 2015 Recognition Chancellor’s letter of commendation Australian National University Australia - 2013 Scholarship Summer Research Scholarship Australian National University Australia - 2013 Recognition Chancellor’s letter of commendation University of South Australia Australia - 2012 Scholarship High Achievers’ Vacation Research Scholarship Univeristy of South Australia Australia - 2011 Recognition Chancellor’s letter of commendation University of South Australia Australia - 2011 Scholarship School Leaver’s Scholarship University of South Australia Australia - 2010 Award Certificate of Merit for Nutrition South Australian Certificate of Education Australia -
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Sinhala; Sinhalese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD in Science 2014 - 2014 Australian National University Canberra Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) 2011 - 2012 University of South Australia and Australian National University Australia Bachelor of Medical Science co-badge degree
Date Title Institution name Country — Venepuncture Course The Pathology Foundation - — First Aid Training St John - — Good Clinical Practice Association of Regulatory and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) Australia Ltd - — Good Clinical Practice Caledonian Clinical Training -
Year Citation 2020 Hewawasam, E., Davies, C. E., Gulyani, A., Li, Z., Clayton, P. A., Sullivan, E., . . . Jesudason, S. (2020). FERTILITY RATES IN AUSTRALIANS RECEIVING KIDNEY REPLACEMENT THERAPY: ANALYSIS OF LINKED DATA. Poster session presented at the meeting of NEPHROLOGY. WILEY.
Successful Funding Applications
|Healthy Development Adelaide, travel grant||2019||$500 AU|
|Supported the preparation of a successful departmental grant at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital||2018||$10,000 AU|
|International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) travel award||2018||$750 USD|
|School of Agriculture, Food and Wine travel grant||2017||$1,500 AU|
|Healthy Development Adelaide, travel grant||2017||$1,000 AU|
|Soroptimist International Adelaide, Esther Bright Travel Award||2017||$500 AU|
|Endocrine society of Australia Early Career Researcher Development Travel Grant||2016||$250 AU|
|Associate lecturer||Faculty of Health and Medical Science, School of Sciences, University of Adelaide, Agricultural Biochemistry II (3 Units)||2019|
|Tutor||School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, UNISA, Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice (4.5 Units), Human Body 1 (4.5 Units) and Human Body 2 (4.5 Units)||2015 - current|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Co-Supervisor Can I have a baby? Complexities in decision making around pregnancy in Australian women with kidney disease. Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Nishanta Tangirala
Date Role Membership Country 2017 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Medical Research - 2015 - 2016 - Endocrine Society of Australia - 2015 - ongoing Member Development Origins of Health and Disease Australia 2015 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia 2014 - 2015 Member Australian Diabetes Society -
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