Julia Pitcher

Dr Julia Pitcher

Lloyd Cox Senior Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 University Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2013 - 2017 Lloyd Cox Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2014 M.S. McLeod Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2009 University Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2004 - 2007 NHMRC Peter Doherty Research Fellow University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

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

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    University of Adelaide Australia BSc(Hons)
    University of South Australia Australia BAppSc(Exercise & Sport Science)

2015                Harris RJ, Goldsworthy MR, Pitcher JB & Schneider LA. Neuroplasticity and cognitive development in adolescents born preterm. Australian        Brain Foundation Research Grant. ($40,000) (Relinquished).

2015                Hodyl NA, Stark MJ & Pitcher JB. Cord blood miRNA expression profiles and childhood cognitive outcomes after preterm birth. SA Channel Children’s Research Foundation ($49,200)

2015                Hodyl NA, Pitcher JB, Roberts CT & Lynch JW. Childhood neurodevelopment following maternal asthma in pregnancy. RRI Investment for Success Funding ($30,000)

2014 – 2016    Pitcher JB, Ridding MC, Rothwell JC, Hodyl NA & Clow A. The physiology of learning and memory impairments in adolescents born preterm. NHMRC project grant (ID: APP1065016) Total: $511,226 (2014: $178,742; 2015: 163,742; 2016; 168,742)

2014                Pitcher JB. Born too soon: Neuroplasticity, learning and memory in children born preterm. Faculty of Health Sciences Strategic Award ($10,000)

2014                Hodyl NA, Pitcher JB, Roberts CT & Lynch JW. Childhood neurodevelopment following maternal asthma in pregnancy. RRI Near Miss Funding ($21,000)

2013                Pitcher JB, Hodyl NA, Ridding MC, Clifton VL & Semmler JG. Neuroplasticity and neurodevelopment in humans following adverse events in pregnancy. NH&MRC Equipment Grant ($109,598)

2013                Pitcher JB. Diurnal cortisol rhythms and the awakening response in preterm and term-born adolescents. Robinson Foundation Funding Program ($20,000)

2013                Vallence AM, Pitcher JB, Ridding MC & Hodyl NA. Neural and hormonal factors influencing consolidation of learning in children born preterm. Women’s and Children’s Research Foundation. ($59,000)

2011 – 2013    Owens JA, De Blasio MJ, Gatford KL & Hienleder S. (Associate Investigator: Pitcher JB). Preventing insulin resistance and obesity following fetal growth restriction. NH&MRC (ID: 1011767) ($891,732)

2011                Ridding MC & Pitcher JB. Does preterm birth influence the capacity for neuroplasticity? Women’s and Children’s Research Foundation. ($42,750)

2011                Pitcher JB & Ridding MC. Motor cortex facilitation during speech listening in children born preterm. Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation of South Australia Inc.(ID: 11373) ($70,000)

2009                Ridding MC, Pitcher JB, Burns NR, Casson RJ, Clifton VL, Dekker GA, Dodd J, Kennedy JD, Makrides M, Ma-Wyatt A, Nettelbeck TJ, Nordstrom MA, Rolan P, Semmler JG, Stark MJ, Witter GA. A fully integrated EEG, EMG, evoked potentials and transcranial magnetic stimulation Neuronavigation system for comprehensive neurodevelopmentalfollow-up, neuroplasticity and neurocognitive studies in humans. NH&MRC Equipment Grant (ID: 640 305) ($135,000)

2009 - 2011     Pitcher JB, Ridding MC, Nettelbeck TJ & Robinson JS. The neurophysiology of abnormal motor development in preterm children. NH&MRC Project grant 565344 ($461,500).

2009 – 2013    Pitcher JB. MS McLeod Research Fellowship in Paediatric Medicine, MS McLeod Trust and Women’s & Children’s Hospital Research Foundation ($235,000)

2008 – 2009    Pitcher JB. Corticospinal function and motor and cognitive development in preterm and term children. Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation of South Australia Inc. ($92,000).

2007                Semmler JG, Nordstrom MA, Pitcher JB, Todd G, Ridding MC, & Thompson PD. Neuromotor Training and Rehabilitation Facility. NH&MRC Equipment Grant (ID: 520946) ($38,000)

2007                Pitcher JB. The influence of birthweight on adult human motor physiology and function. Research Development Award, University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences ($10,000)

2007                Pitcher JB, Haslam RR & Robinson JS. Corticospinal function and motor development in preterm and term children. Women’s & Children’s Hospital Research Foundation ($49,960)

2006                Burns N, Nettelbeck T & Pitcher JB. Motor and cognitive development in preterm and term-born children. University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences Small Grants Scheme ($27,000)

2006                Pitcher JB, Haslam RR & Robinson JS. Corticospinal function and motor development in preterm and term children. Women’s & Children’s Hospital Research Foundation ($40,340).

2006                Pitcher JB. Early Career Researcher Development Award, School of Paediatrics & Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide ($5,000)

2005                Pitcher JB. Corticospinal function and motor development in preterm and term children. Colin Matthews Grant for Early Career Researchers ($11,000).

2005                Pitcher JB & Robinson JS. Strategic Research Development Grant, University of Adelaide. Infrastructure for Developmental Neurophysiology – Digitimer D360 8-channel patient amplifier. ($27,000)

2005                Pitcher JB, Robinson JS, Crowther CA, Haslam RR, Moore VM & Davies MJ. NH&MRC Equipment Grant. Data acquisition interface with amplifier/filter and software for developmental and paediatric neurophysiology research in humans. ($14,200)

2005                Pitcher JB, Robinson JS, Crowther CA, Haslam RR, Moore VM & Davies MJ. Faculty of Health Sciences Equipment Grant. Infrastructure for Developmental Neurophysiology – Digitimer D360 8-channel patient amplifier. ($5,000)

2005                Pitcher JB, Robinson JS, Crowther CA, Haslam RR, Moore VM & Davies MJ. NH&MRC Equipment Grant. “Transcranial magnetic brain stimulator for developmental and paediatric neurophysiology research in humans”. ($18, 978)

2005                Pitcher JB, Robinson JS, Crowther CA, Haslam RR, Moore VM & Davies MJ. Faculty of Health Sciences Equipment Grant. “Transcranial magnetic brain stimulator for developmental and paediatric neurophysiology research in humans”. ($5,000)

2004-2007       Pitcher JB. Neuromotor and neuro-developmental outcomes of low birthweight and fetal growth restriction. NH&MRC Peter Doherty Research Fellowship. ($260,000)

2004-2005       Pitcher JB. University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health Sciences, Research Establishment Grant. “Developmental Neurophysiology” ($39,990).

2004                Robinson JS, Pitcher JB, Crowther CA. Strategic Research Development Grant, University of Adelaide. “Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation” ($23,305).

2003                Pitcher JB. The Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Prize, Australian Brain Foundation (SA Branch) ($15,000).

2002-2004       Miles TS**, Pitcher JB, Moore VM & Cockington RA.  Neuromotor consequences of fetal growth restriction. Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation of South Australia Inc. ($84,000).

**JBP conceived the idea, wrote the successful grant to fund it, and was the chief investigator.  The regulations of the University of Adelaide regarding post-graduate students obtaining competitive grant funding required the naming of the primary PhD supervisor (i.e. TSM) as first-author.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Principal Supervisor Pro-Inflammatory Conditions of Pregnancy and Neurodevelopment in Children and Adolescents Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jago McDonald Van Dam
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Towards establishing long-lasting neuroplastic change in the human primary motor cortex Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mitchell Ryan Goldsworthy
    2011 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Neurodevelopmental effects of placental restriction in sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Damien Seth Hunter
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Age Related Changes in Corticospinal and Intracortical Excitability in Men Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Ashleigh Smith
  • Position: Lloyd Cox Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83131301
  • Email: julia.pitcher@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 0010
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: RAH - Norwich 77, floor G
  • Room: G 17
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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