Erandi Hewawasam Gardiye Hewawasam Thuduwage

Erandi Hewawasam Gardiye Hewawasam Thuduwage

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.

My Research

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. 

 

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 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 University demonstrator University of South Australia
    2015 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 Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Sinhala; Sinhalese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    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
  • Certifications

    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
  • Research Interests

Successful Funding Applications
Name Year Amount
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

 

Teaching Experience
Position Details Year
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
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  • Memberships

    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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