Jodie Dodd

Professor Jodie Dodd

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology - NHMRC

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Jodie Dodd is an obstetrician, maternal fetal medicine specialist and Practitioner Fellow at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She is also a clinical researcher at the University of Adelaide. She leads a multi-disciplinary research group of 15 staff and students, and is an international authority on obesity during pregnancy and early life approaches to obesity prevention.

Professor Dodd's research is driven to ensure that care for women and their infant’s is effective, and that treatment benefits outweigh harms. Randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses remain the gold standard research methodology for establishing the effects of different forms of care. Professor Dodd was the lead investigator for the LIMIT Randomised Controlled Trial, involving 2,212 pregnant overweight or obesity women. The trial was investigating a dietary and lifestyle intervention to reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Current projects include a randomised controlled trial evaluating the role of metformin in pregnancy as an adjunct to dietary intervention for women with overweight or obesity, and a dietary intervention for women of normal BMI as a strategy to prevent postpartum weight retention.

Professor Dodd currently holds a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, and prior to that a Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship, which enabled post-doctoral work to be undertaken through the University of Toronto, Canada. She is editor for the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and past Chair of the South Australian Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Network.

 

Professor Jodie Dodd is an obstetrician, maternal fetal medicine specialist, and Practitioner Fellow at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and clinical researcher at the University of Adelaide. She leads a multi-disciplinary research group of 15 staff and students, and is an international authority on obesity during pregnancy and early life approaches to obesity prevention.

Jodie Dodd's  research is driven to ensure that care for women and their infant’s is effective, and that treatment benefits outweigh harms. Randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses remain the gold standard research methodology for establishing the effects of different forms of care. Jodie was the lead investigator for the LIMIT Randomised Controlled Trial, involving 2,212  pregnant women with overweight or obesity, investigating a dietary and lifestyle intervention to reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Current projects include a randomised controlled trial evaluating the role of metformin in pregnancy as an adjunct to dietary intervention for women with overweight or obesity, and a dietary intervention for women of normal BMI as a strategy to prevent postpartum weight retention.

Jodie Dodd currently holds a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, and prior to that a Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship, which enabled post-doctoral work to be undertaken through the University of Toronto, Canada. She  is editor for the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and past  Chair of the South Australian Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Network.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2010 Professor (Level E) University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2010 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2009 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2008 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Neil Hamilton Fairley Overseas Clinical Fellow The University of Adelaide and The University of Toronto
    2005 Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist Women’s and Children’s Hospital
    2001 - 2004 Locum Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and Subspecialty Trainee Women's and Children's Hospital
    2000 Senior Obstetric Registrar Women's and Children's Hospital
    1999 Registrar Obstetrics & Gynaecology Alice Springs Hospital & Flinders Medical Centre
    1998 Registrar Obstetrics & Gynaecology Flinders Medical Centre
    1997 Registrar Obstetrics & Gynaecology Lyell McEwin Hospital
    1996 Registrar Obstetrics & Gynaecology Modbury Hospital
    1995 Resident Medical Officer Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    1994 Intern Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Award for Research Excellence: Annual Scientific Meeting Society Fetal Medicine United States
    2015 Fellowship NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship
    2013 Award 2012/2013 David Liu Prize
    2010 Fellowship NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship
    2006 Fellowship NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Clinical Fellowship
    2005 Award Robert Seamark Postgraduate Award The University of Adelaide
    2005 Fellowship TG Wilson Travelling Fellowship The University of Adelaide
    2005 Award RANZCOG Young Investigator Award
    2004 Fellowship Beresford Buttery Travel Fellowship
    2004 Award North American Perinatal Research Society, International Young Investigator Award Canada
    2002 Award PSANZ Young Investigator (Obstetrics) Award
    2000 Award Inaugural John O’Loughlin Medal
    2000 Award Schering Prize
    1996 Award Schering Prize
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2002 Royal Australian & New Zealand College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) Australia Fellow
    1993 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2003 Diploma in Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU) Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2004 Certification in Maternal Fetal Medicine (CMFM) Royal Australian & New Zealand College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
  • Research Interests

Research Grants

Career total: 36 grants (5 International competitive including NIH, European Uniond, JDRF, and CIHR; 23 National competitive including 10 NHMRC Project Grants and 2 NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence, and 1 MRFF Project Grant; 6 State competitive), totalling $40,533,330.

International Competitive Grants
2016 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Synthesis Grant - Knowledge Synthesis Operating Grant. Primary Prevention of Preterm Birth: a Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis.  McDonald SD, Mundle W, Barrett J, Beyene J, Biringer A, Chamberlain J, Cook J, Dodd JM, Giglia L, Gulmezoglu M, Han Z, Hebert E, Lopez-Yarto M, Sabatino L, Shah P, Saito S, Staub K, Vera C. $100,000
2015 - 2017

Helmsley Charitable Trust & Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) T1D Clinical Research Network

Couper J, Harrison L, Craig M, Morahan G, Colman P, Wentworth J, Papenfuss A, Rawlinson W, Dodd JM, Giles L

Protection of pancreatic beta cells

$8,006,375
2008 - 2011

National Institute of Health (NIH) (ID R01 HL094235-01))

Gillman M, Dodd J, Crowther C, Owens J

Limiting weight gain in pregnancy: effect on mother and child

$1,313,377 (US)
2007 - 2008

(The Physicians Services Incorporated Foundation (PSI) Ontario, Canada)

Dodd JM, Kingdom JPC, McLeod A, Windrim RC

Does heparin improve pregnancy outcomes for women with evidence of placental dysfunction? – A randomized trial

$121,000 (CAN)

 

National Competitive Grants – NHMRC
2019-2023

(NHMRC, ID 1159338)

Dodd JM, Pena A, Schoenaker D, Giles L, Hoyo C, Owens J

The First 1,000 days: in-utero and early life exposures and their contribution to child obesity

$2,426,051
2018 -2019

(NHMRC, ID 1143773)

Dodd JM, Louise J, Thangaratinam S

The effects of dietary and lifestyle interventions among pregnant women who are overweight or obese on longer-term maternal and childhood outcomes: an individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis.

$287,317
2015 - 2019

(NHMRC CRE, ID 1078106)

Couper J, Harrison L, Craig M, Morahan G, Colman P, Wentworth J, Papenfuss A, Rawlinson W, Dodd JM, Giles L

CRE for the protection of pancreatic beta cells

$2,500,000
2104 - 2015

(NHMRC, ID 1068320)

Dodd JM, Owens JA, Grivell RM, Yelland LN, Giles L, Gillman MW, Poston L

Causal pathways from maternal obesity to pregnancy, perinatal & childhood health outcomes

$755,934
2013 - 2017

(NHMRC, ID 1043181)

Dodd JM, Grivell RM, Hague W

Metformin and dietary advice to improve insulin sensitivity and promote gestational restriction of weight in pregnant women who are obese: the GRoW randomised trial

$1,710,437
2013 - 2015

(NHMRC, ID 1043178)

 Dodd JM, McPhee AJ, Moran LJ, Yelland LN, Gillman M, Lawlor D, Robinson JS

 The contribution of maternal obesity and gestational weight gain to preschool child obesity

$673,008
2012 - 2016

(NHMRC CRE, ID 1035530)

Makrides M, Gibson R, Ryan P, Zou S, Dodd JM, McPhee AJ, Umberger W, Mulhausler B, Collins C, Penttila I

                        Food for future Australians

$2,500,000
2011

(NHMRC Equipment Grant)

Dodd JM, Grivell RM, Crowther CA, Robinson JS

Establishment of a fetal well being and ultrasound diagnostic unit

$50,000
2011                

(NHMRC Equipment Grant)

Dodd JM, Grivell RM, Crowther CA, Robinson JS

Newborn and infant body composition assessment unit

$16,000
2010 - 2012

(NHMRC, ID 627195)

Dodd JM, Dickinson J, Andersen C, Windrim RC, Ryan G

Doppler to time second and subsequent fetal blood transfusions for women with red cell alloimmunisation: a randomised trial

$433,750
2010 - 2012  

(NHMRC, ID 627213)

Crowther CA, Dodd JM, McPhee A, Flenady VJ

Vaginal progesterone for the prevention of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome: a randomised trial

$979,369
2010

(NHMRC Equipment Grant, ID 640305)

Dodd JM, Owens JA, Robinson JS, Crowther CA, Pitcher JB, MacLennan AH

Establishment of a biobank and cryogenic storage facility to evaluate mechanistic pathways following interventions during pregnancy to improve maternal, infant and childhood health

$33,000
2008 - 2011

(NHMRC, ID 519240)

 Dodd JM, Turnbull D, McPhee A, Wittert G, Robinson JS

Limiting weight gain in overweight and obese women during pregnancy to improve health outcomes: a randomised trial

$1,466,625
2006 - 2008 

(NHMRC, ID 339137)

Crowther CA, Dodd JM, McPhee A, Flenady VJ

Vaginal progesterone for the prevention of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome: a randomised trial

$1,202,350
2005 - 2007  

(NHMRC, ID 349460)

Crowther CA, Dodd JM, Hiller JE, Haslam RR

Planned vaginal birth or planned elective repeat caesarean for women at term with a single previous caesarean section

$782,250

                    

National Competitive Grants - Medical Research Future Fund
2018-2022

(MRFF, ID 1152418)

Hague W, Dodd JM, Morris J, Stark JM, Peek MJ, Middleton PF, Shand A, Newnham J, Callaway L, Walker SP

Treatment of severe early onset intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.

$1,153,122
National Competitive Grants – Other
2012 - 2013

(Foundation for Children)

Moran LJ, Dodd JM

Cardioinflammatory markers in neonates born to overweight or obese women

$79,474
2012 - 2013

(Diabetes Australia Research Trust Millenium Grant)

Owens JA, Dodd JM

Identifying epigenetic pathways from maternal obesity to type 2 diabetes in offspring

$158,385
2012

(Diabetes Australia Research Trust Millenium Grant)

Moran L, Dodd JM

Glucose intolerance among overweight and obese women: maternal 3-year follow-up from the LIMIT randomised trial

$34,318
2010 - 2011    

(Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation ID2882/2009)

Dodd JM, Owens JA, Robinson JS

Do maternal and infant obesity related genotypes influence efficacy of interventions to limit weight gain in obese pregnant women and obesity in their offspring?

$50,000
2009 - 2011

(Federal Department of Health and Ageing)

Crowther CA, Dodd JM, Flenady V, Middleton P

The Australian Satellite Group, Cochrane Pregnancy & Childbirth Review Group

$120,000
2005 - 2008

(Federal Department of Health and Ageing)

Crowther CA, Dodd JM, Middleton P

The Australian Satellite Group, Cochrane Pregnancy & Childbirth Review Group

$120,000
2003 - 2004  

(Federal Department of Health and Ageing)

Crowther CA, Dodd JM, Smith CA

The Australian Satellite Group, Cochrane Pregnancy & Childbirth Review Group

$80,000
2001 - 2002        

(Federal Department of Health and Ageing)

Crowther CA, Dodd JM, Smith CA, Mohammed K

The Australian Satellite Group, Cochrane Pregnancy & Childbirth Review Group

$78,000
 
State Competitive Grants
2010 - 2011    

(Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation ID292)

 Robinson JS, Dodd JM, Owens JA

Do maternal and infant obesity related genotypes influence efficacy of interventions to limit weight gain in obese pregnant women and obesity in their offspring?

$115,000
2009 - 2010   

(Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation)

Grivell R, Dodd JM

Limiting weight gain in pregnancy: effect on ultrasound assessment of fetal growth

$70,000
2004 

(Women’s and Children’s Hospital Research Foundation)

Dodd JM, Crowther CA, Robinson JS, Haslam RR

Birth After Caesarean Study

$45,000
2004

(Women’s and Children’s Hospital Research Foundation)

Dodd JM, Crowther CA, Robinson JS, Haslam RR

Twins: Timing of Birth at Term   

$45,000
2004

(Women’s and Children’s Hospital Research Foundation)

Crowther CA, Dodd JM, McPhee AJ

Management of Preterm Premature Ruptured Membranes

$45,000
2002

(Women’s and Children’s Hospital Research Foundation)

Dodd JM, Crowther CA, Robinson JS

Misoprostol for the induction of labour at term

$45,000

 

Internal Competitive Grants
2015 Lloyd Cox Obstetrics & Gynaecology Strategic Research Excellence Award $50,000
2016 Lloyd Cox Obstetrics & Gynaecology Strategic Research Excellence Award $65,000

              

Competitive Fellowship Support

Career total: 5 fellowships (4 National competitive including 2 NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships and 1 NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship; 1 State competitive), totalling $1,433,460

 

National Competitive Fellowships
2015 - 2019 NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (Level 2) $551,435
2010 - 2014 NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (Level 1)      $420,875
2006 - 2009 NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Clinical Fellowship $351,150
2001 Mayne Nickless Women’s Health Fellowship (awarded by RANZCOG Research Foundation) $50,000

        

State Competitive Fellowships
2002 - 2003 Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation Postgraduate Fellowship $60,000

 

Teaching and Training, including Supervision
Teaching and Training Materials Developed
2008-present  Development and co-ordination of course and materials in critical appraisal and study design for RANZCOG Trainees across Australia and New Zealand
2006-2008   Use of an ultrasound model to teach intervention procedures (amniocentesis, chorionic villous sampling and cordocentesis) to medical students, and junior and senior medical staff within the University of Toronto, including an evaluation of performance before and after simulated training sessions
2005  Co-ordinator of teaching course in clinical research methodology and critical appraisal for the South Australian RANZCOG Trainees

   

Other Contributions to Teaching and Training
The University of Adelaide, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2008-present Lecturer/Tutor and Examiner Human Reproductive Health III
2005  Tutor in Perinatal Ultrasound sessions for 5th year medical students, Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide
2001-present Lecturer/Tutor Human Reproductive Health Part 2 (Case Based Learning sessions for 5th year medical students) Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide
2001-present Examiner clinical long cases and OSCE examinations Human Reproductive Health Part 2 (5th year medical students) Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide
2000-present Clinical Tutor Human Reproductive Health Part 2 (5th year medical students), Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide
2000-present Clinical Tutor Human Reproductive Health Part 1 (1st year medical students), Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, The University of Adelaide

    

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
2008-present Development and co-ordination of course and materials in critical appraisal and study design for RANZCOG Trainees across Australia and New Zealand
2001-present Lecturer/Tutor South Australian RANZCOG Trainees (research methodology, clinical topics in Maternal Fetal Medicine and High Risk Obstetrics)
2005-present  Co-ordinator of teaching course in clinical research methodology and critical appraisal for the South Australian RANZCOG Trainees

 

Other Educational Workshops
2008 Data-monitoring and safety for randomised trials workshop, WOMBAT Collaboration, Melbourne
2008 Developing a protocol for a randomised trial, WOMBAT Collaboration, Brisbane
2008 Developing a protocol for a randomised trial, WOMBAT Collaboration, Gold Coast
2008 Interdisciplinary maternal and perinatal clinical trials (IMPACT) workshop, Gold Coast
2007 Developing a protocol for a randomised trial, WOMBAT Collaboration, Melbourne
2007 Interdisciplinary maternal and perinatal clinical trials (IMPACT) workshop, Melbourne

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 Principal Supervisor Fetal Growth in Women Exposed to Diet and Lifestyle Restriction to Limit Weight Gain Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Amanda Josephine Poprzeczny
    2015 Principal Supervisor Investigating the Association Between Maternal Health Literacy, Maternal Body Mass Index and Pregnancy Outcomes Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Ms Casey Nottage
    2014 Principal Supervisor Metformin and Dietary Advice to Improve Insulin Sensitivity and Promote Gestational Restriction in Weight in Pregnant Women who are Obese (Grow Trial) - Effects on Fetal Growth Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Cecelia Maree Obrien
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2011 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Physical activity during pregnancy among pregnant women who are overweight or obese Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Zhixian Sui
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor The Fetal Growth Study A Prospective Cohort Study of Fetal Growth and Body Composition in Overweight and Obese Pregnant Women Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rosalie Grivell
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member new Women's and Children's Hospital Taskforce - Education and Research Women's and Children's Hospital Australia
    2017 - ongoing Chair 2018 Fetal Medicine Update Women's and Children's Hospital and University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Clinical Research Sub-Committee South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre
    2015 - ongoing Member Assigners Academy, NHRMC
    2015 - ongoing Member NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship Review Group
    2011 - 2012 Member NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship Review Group
    2011 - ongoing Member National Maternity Council
    2011 - ongoing Chair South Australian Maternal, Perinatal, and Infant Mortality Committee Government of South Australia, Department of Health
    2011 - 2015 Chair South Australian State-wide Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Network Steering Committee Government of South Australia, Department of Health
    2011 - 2013 Member Women’s and Children’s Health Network Government of South Australia, Department of Health
    2009 - 2011 Member World Health Organisation (WHO) Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC) Review Group
    2009 - ongoing Chair SA Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Reference Work Group developing guidelines for care of obese pregnant patients
    2009 - 2012 Member NHRMC Grant Review Panel (Perinatology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Reproduction; Clinical Trials)
    2008 - 2011 Member South Australian State-wide Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Network Steering Committee Government of South Australia, Department of Health
    2008 - 2010 Secretary Executive Committee of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ)
    2008 - 2010 Chair Executive Committee of the Interdisciplinary Maternal and Perinatal Australasian Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Network
    2005 - 2006 Representative Maternal Fetal Medicine Committee Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
    2004 - 2006 Representative SA Pregnancy Website Working Group
    2004 - 2006 Representative SA Neonatal Screening Programme
    2002 - 2003 Representative Executive Committee of the Interdisciplinary Maternal and Perinatal Australasian Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Network
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2016 - 2017 International Scientific Advisory Board
    2012 - 2013 Scientific Committee Perinatal Society Australia & New Zealand
    2009 - ongoing Critical Appraisal Workshop
    2009 - ongoing International Society of Fetus as a Patient,
    2009 - ongoing PSANZ
    2008 - 2010 Scientific Committee RANZCOG ASM
    2008 - ongoing RANZCOG
    2008 - ongoing PSANZ
    2002 - ongoing International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2008 - ongoing Editor Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group
    2008 - 2013 Associate Editor Australian and New Zealand Journal Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    2002 - ongoing Editor Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Review Group
    2002 - ongoing Editor general medical journals, including the NEJM, Lancet, British Medical Journal, JAMA, JCEM, Obesity Reviews, International Journal of Obesity, Journal Maternal and Child Health, Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, PLos Medicine, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, and the Medical Journal of Australia; and specialty journals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, including Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology; British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Acta Scandinavica Obstetrica et Gynecologica; Archives of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; American Journal of Perinatology; and Birth
  • Event Participation

    Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country
    2017 - 2018 2018 Fetal Medicine Update Symposium Women's and Children's Hospital and The University of Adelaide
  • Position: Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology - NHMRC
  • Phone: 81617615
  • Email: jodie.dodd@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 81617652
  • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Building: WCH - Queen Victoria Building, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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