Jesia Berry

Dr Jesia Berry

Data Manager

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Jesia is a Data Manager for the Australian Cerebral Palsy (CP) Biobank, and a member of the Australian Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Research Group. The Biobank contains DNA samples for parent-child trios for nearly 500 sporadic and familial CP cases and clinical information. In addition, the Biobank contains DNA samples for 1,500 controls. A team of geneticists are involved in whole exome/genome sequencing to investigate the genetic causes of CP.

Jesia's PhD thesis is entitled: 'Postmarketing Vaccine Safety Surveillance Using Data Linkage: The Issue of Consent'. The research was funded by the Australian Research Council as one component of a Linkage Project grant entitled: Vaccine Assessment Using Linked Data (VALiD).

Jesia has been previously employed as a researcher in:
- laboratory-based research for clinical drug trials;
- hospital patient safety research;
- injury-related topics - analysing national mortality and hospital morbidity data and producing AIHW reports and journal articles; and
- the South Australian Early Childhood Data Demonstration Project - analysing linked de-identified administrative data spanning child health, education and welfare services for all children born in South Australia between 1999 and 2005, led by Prof John Lynch.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Data Manager Robinson Research Institute
    2012 - 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher School of Public Health
    2004 - 2012 Casual Tutor, Intro to Biostatistics; Biostatistics II; Public Health 1A & 1B/Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Master of Clinical Rehabilitation The University of Adelaide/Flinders University
    2004 - 2008 Research Associate Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Injury Surveillance Unit (NISU)
    2001 - 2003 Project Officer Clinical Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Unit
    1996 - 2000 Research Assistant Centre for Pharmaceutical Research
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2013 Distinction Dean’s commendation for doctoral thesis excellence The University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 Award Best PhD in 2012 in the School of Public Health The University of Adelaide
    2011 Scholarship Student travel bursary Australasian Epidemiology Association (AEA) Australia
    1996 Research Award RF Whelan Prize
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 - 2012 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2007 - 2008 The University of Adelaide Australia MPH
    1992 - 1996 The University of Adelaide Australia BHSc(Hons)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2008 - 2008 Introductory & Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data University of Western Australia Singapore
  • Research Interests

2019 Wilson Y, McIntyre S, Gecz J, Baynam G, Corbett M, Gunnewig B, Berry J, Harper K. Using a sibling design approach to investigate genomics of CP and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) Research Foundation project grant: $75,610.

2006 Evans SM, Berry JG, Smith BJ. Incident Reporting to Improve Systems (IRIS) project South Australian Hospitals Safety and Quality Council: $400,000.

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The role of genetic variants in cerebral palsy: A systematic review University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Honours) Honours Full Time Ryan Pham
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2003 - ongoing Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
    2003 - 2014 Public Health Association of Australia Australia
  • Position: Data Manager
  • Phone: 83131402
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 1333
  • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Building: WCH - Norwich Centre, floor 3
  • Room: 3 19
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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