Joshua Robinson

Joshua Robinson

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am currently an PhD candidate in medicine looking at the neonatal outcomes in light of maternal asthma. This is a continuation of my Honours project which I completed in June 2021 with first class (dux of 2021).

My research combines clinical and pre-clinical aspects to better understand the impact of maternal asthma on newborns and the underlying mechanisms.
1) Using a pre-clinical model, we have been testing treatments to reduce the risk of adverse respiratory neonatal outcomes associated with maternal asthma, particularly when poorly controlled or exacerbated.
2) Data linkage from the Women's and Children's hospital will allow us to explore the link between maternal asthma and neonatal outcomes in South Australia, as well as evaluating the impact of the current 'Asthma in pregnancy' perinatal guidelines.
3) We will study the lung function of babies born to asthmatic mothers to develop an understanding of the impact of maternal asthma on lung development and mechanisms for underlying morbidities.

I am also a tutor and lab demonstrator for the first year Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAPI) course.

My supervisor panel includes:
A/Prof Michael Stark - https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/michael.stark
A/Prof Kathy Gatford - https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/kathy.gatford
Prof Janna Morrison - https://people.unisa.edu.au/Janna.Morrison
Prof Vicki Clifton - https://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/12771

My research explores the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) with an emphasis on how maternal asthma impacts fetal development in utero, and how that impacts neonatal health. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Tutor & Lab Demonstrator University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2022 Award Three Minute Thesis University Winner The University of Adelaide Australia -
    2022 Award Three Minute Thesis Faculty Winner Faculty of Health and Medical Science, University of Adelaide Australia -
    2022 Scholarship Health Development Adelaide Travel Scholarship 2022 Healthy Development Adelaide Australia -
    2022 Scholarship Adelaide Medical School Travel Scholarship 2022 Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide Australia -
    2022 Award ASMR 2022 Award Stream Abstract Australian Society for Medical Research Australia -
    2022 Award ASMR Postgraduate Oral Award Australian Society for Medical Research Australia -
    2022 Award Fetal and Neonatal Workshop Early HDR Oral Presentation Award Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia -
    2022 Award David Murray Prize in Health and Medical Sciences 2021 University of Adelaide Australia -
    2021 Award The Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences Mid-Year Honours Award 2021 University of Adelaide Australia -
    2021 Award The Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences Grant Proposal Award - Mid-Year 2021 University of Adelaide Australia -
    2021 Scholarship Adelaide Medical School Travel Scholarship 2021 Adelaide Medical School Australia -
    2021 Scholarship Research Training Program Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia -
    2021 Scholarship PhD Excellence Scholarship 2022-2024 Healthy Development Adelaide and Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Australia -
    2021 Scholarship Adelaide Medical School Honours Scholarship 2021 University of Adelaide Australia -
  • Language Competencies

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

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2021 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine
    2020 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences
    2017 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced)
  • Research Interests

ANAT SC 1102 - Human Anatomy and Physiology IA and IB


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