Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Kathy Gatford. Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons I, dux), PhD.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide and research group leader in the Robinson Research Institute.
My research focuses on understanding how the environment in early life programs subsequent function including metabolic homeostasis, and testing interventions to prevent these adverse effects of a poor pregnancy in pre-clinical models. Since 2007, I have been awarded over $2.5 million in research funding, including from NHMRC, Diabetes Australia Research Trust and the CRC for an Internationally Competitive Pork Industry. I currently lead a project developing a new dietary intervention to prevent IUGR (CIA, Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation, 2017, $75,000). I am part of the NHMRC-funded team currently investigating effects of shiftwork during pregnancy on pregnancy outcomes and progeny health, with Prof David Kennaway & Dr Tamara Varcoe (CIB, 2016-2018), and I currently hold industry funding to investigate early life effects on reproduction in pigs (APL, 2015-2017, $150,000). Previous major research funding includes the sole Diabetes Australia Research Trust Type 2 Millenium Award for 2014-2015 ($150,000) investigating adult exercise as an intervention after IUGR, which I was awarded as CIA. I have previously held and managed two NHMRC project grants (CIA, 2010-2012, $733,500; CIC: Preventing insulin resistance and obesity following fetal growth restriction, 2011-2013, $891,732).
In my teaching role (since 2008), I co-ordinate the Bachelor of Health & Medical Sciences Honours program across the Disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. I also coordinate, lecture in and manage and moderate assessment for Human Reproductive Health III (6 units, level 3 B Health Sci program), and teach into the B Health Sci (advanced) program (level III, Research Placement in Health Sciences) and level I of the MBBS (Fundamentals of Biological Science). I have been a member of the group developing and implementing the Bachelor of Health Sciences (advanced) program since 2013 and led curriculum development and implementation in 2014 of the course Research Project in Reproductive Health (3 units, level II B Health Sci). In 2016 I was appointed as Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (advanced), and with implementation of the new programs from 2017 I am also Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health & Medical Sciences (advanced) program.
Date Position Institution name 2017 Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Health & Medical Sciences (advanced) University of Adelaide 2016 Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Health Science (advanced) University of Adelaide 2010 - 2013 NHMRC-funded Research fellow University of Adelaide 2009 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2008 - 2009 University Research Fellow (Academic Level B) University of Adelaide 2007 - 2007 University Research Associate (Academic Level A) University of Adelaide 2005 - 2006 NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2001 - 2005 Hilda Farmer Medical Research Associate University of Adelaide 1997 - 2001 NHMRC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide 1996 - 1997 PRDC Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide 1990 - 1992 Research Assistant (Grade 2) University of Melbourne
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2013 Award Special Teaching Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2000 Award National Association of Research Fellows Postdoctoral Young Investigator Award National Association of Research Fellows Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 1993 - 1996 University of Melbourne Australia PhD 1985 - 1989 University of Melbourne Australia Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons I, dux)
Year Citation 2018 Gatford, K., Roberts, C., Kind, K., & Hynd, P. (2018). Off to the right start: how pregnancy and early life can determine future animal health and production. In Proceedings of the 31st Biennial Conference of Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP 2016) / Joint Conference of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production (NZSAP), as published in Animal Production Science Vol. 58 (pp. 459-475). Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.
2016 Kaur, M., Wooldridge, A. L., Wilkes, M. J., Hynd, P. I., McConell, G. K., & Gatford, K. L. (2016). Restricted placental growth does not reduce spontaneous activity in the adolescent or young adult sheep. In CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY Vol. 84 (pp. 9). Adelaide, AUSTRALIA: WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2016 Gatford, K. (2016). GH in pregnancy - how does it change and what is it doing?. In CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY Vol. 84 (pp. 17). Adelaide, AUSTRALIA: WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2015 Andraweera, P. H., Gatford, K., Dekker, G., Leemaqz, S., McCowan, L., & Roberts, C. (2015). Insulin family gene polymorphisms in pregnancies complicated by small for gestational age infants. In Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Australian Society for Medical Research-SA meeting. Adelaide, Australia. 2007 Gatford, K., De Blasio, M., Harland, M., Roberts, C., Heinemann, G., Nottle, M., . . . Owens, J. (2007). Effects of maternal somatotropin injections or feeding ractopamine in early-mid pregnancy in gilts and sows -UTV-AC-8/05. In J. E. Paterson, & J. A. Barker (Eds.), Proceedings of Manipulating Pig Production XI (pp. 1). Victoria: Australasian Pig Science Association. 2006 Dalitz, P. A., Rees, S. M., Gatford, K., Henschke, P., Owens, J., & Harding, R. (2006). Brief episodes of ethanol exposure can result in growth restriction, cerebral white matter injury and decreased levels of igf in late-gestation sheep. In ALCOHOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH Vol. 30 (pp. 175A). Sydney, AUSTRALIA: BLACKWELL PUBLISHING. 2005 Dalitz, P., Cock, M., Duncan, J., Rees, S., Gatford, K., Owens, J., & Harding, R. (2005). Moderate fetal alcohol exposure in late gestation induces white matter injury and increases apoptosis in the fetal brain. In PEDIATRIC RESEARCH Vol. 58 (pp. 1080). Toronto, CANADA: INT PEDIATRIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. 2005 De Blasio, M., Walker, M., Taylor, R., Grant, P., Gatford, K., Owens, P., . . . Owens, J. (2005). Placenta] restriction impairs insulin-like growth factor (IGF) action on lucose metabolism but enhances that on lipolysis and adipose tissue postnatally in the sheep. In PEDIATRIC RESEARCH Vol. 58 (pp. 1055-1056). Toronto, CANADA: INT PEDIATRIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. 2005 Gatford, K., Owens, J., Dalitz, P., Cock, M., & Harding, R. (2005). Moderate fetal alcohol exposure in late gestation reduces fetal IGF-II abundance and alters circulating IGFBPs. In PEDIATRIC RESEARCH Vol. 58 (pp. 1056). Toronto, CANADA: INT PEDIATRIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. 2003 Gatford, K., De Blasio, M., Thavaneswaran, P., McMillen, I., Robinson, J., & Owens, J. (2003). Restricted fetal growth and neonatal catchup growth are associated with sexually dimorphic outcomes for insulin secretion in the young adult sheep. In PEDIATRIC RESEARCH Vol. 53 (pp. 41A-42A). BRIGHTON, ENGLAND: INT PEDIATRIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. 1994 GATFORD, K., HOSKING, B., EGAN, A., CLARKE, I., & FLETCHER, T. (1994). Sexual dimorphism of circulating growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and composition in cross-bred lambs. In N. Costa (Ed.), PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA, VOL 18 Vol. 18 (pp. 78). NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA: NUTRITION SOC AUSTRALIA.
Year Citation 2018 Swinbourne, A. M., Flinn, T., McCarthy, N., Kelly, J., Gatford, K., Kind, K., . . . Van Wettere, W. (2018). The effects of maternal melatonin supplementation on blood glucose and thermoregulation in neonatal lambs. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Joint Annual Scientific Meetings of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology. 2018 Flinn, T., Swinbourne, A., McCarthy, N., Kelly, J., Gatford, K., Kind, K., . . . Van Wettere, W. (2018). The effects of maternal melatonin supplementation in mid to late gestating singleton and twin-bearing merino ewes on growth parameters at birth. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Joint Annual Scientific Meetings of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology. Adelaide, South Australia. 2017 Gatford, K. L., Muhlhausler, B. S., Sim, P. S. -L., Roberts, C. T., Veldhuis, J. D., Huang, L., & Chen, C. (2017). Pulsatile GH profiles in the pregnant mouse reveal marked increases in circulating GH and GH secretion between early and mid-pregnancy. Poster session presented at the meeting of CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2017 Gatford, K. L., Wooldridge, A. L., Kaur, M., Rice, J., Le-Ber, A., Falcao-Tebas, F., . . . McConell, G. K. (2017). Sex-dependent impairment of metabolic responses to exercise training in adult sheep offspring of placentally-restricted pregnancies. Poster session presented at the meeting of CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2017 Varcoe, T. J., Gatford, K. L., Liu, H., Kuchel, T. R., & Kennaway, D. J. (2017). Simulated Shift Work in the Pregnant Sheep Disrupts Maternal Rhythms and Metabolism.. Poster session presented at the meeting of REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES. Orlando, FL: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC. 2015 Andraweera, P., Dekker, G., Gatford, K., Leemaqz, S., McCowan, L., Jayasekara, R., . . . Roberts, C. (2015). INSR rs2059806 polymorphism and the risk of preeclampsia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of Annual Conference of the International Federation of Placental Associations (IFPA) 2015, as published in Placenta. Brisbane, Australia: Elsevier.
2014 Zhuang., Rodriguez Lopez., Chiam, K., Harryanto, H., Ryan, N. K., Jindal, S., . . . Bianco-Miotto. (2014). A high fat diet early in life and prostate cancer risk. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Australian Health and Medical Research Congress. Melbourne, Australia. 2014 Mcconell, G. K., Kaur, G., Falcao-Tebas, F., Hong, Y. H., & Gatford, K. L. (2014). Acute Exercise Increases Whole-Body Insulin Sensitivity in Adult Sheep. Poster session presented at the meeting of ENDOCRINE REVIEWS. ENDOCRINE SOC. 1998 Owens, J., McMillen, C., Gatford, K., Moore, V., Robinson, J., Kind, K., & Clifton, P. (1998). Prenatal programming of metabolic homeostasis: Comparative studies in the guinea pig, sheep and human. Poster session presented at the meeting of Equine Veterinary Journal.
Year Citation 2015 Kaur, M., Wooldridge, A. L., Wilkes, M., Pitchford, W. S., Hynd, P. I., McConell, G. K., & Gatford, K. L. (2015). Experimental restriction of placental function in sheep increases spontaneous physical activity in young adult female offspring.
Competitive Research Funding
National Competitive Schemes (2010-present)
|2016-2018||Impact of disrupted sleep and rhythms during pregnancy on the mother and her offspring (ID 1106674)||DJ Kennaway, KL Gatford, TJ Varcoe||National Health & Medical Research Council Project Grants||$796,979|
|2015-2018||Conception to culling - effective management of the gilt to optimise reproduction and longevity (Grant ID 787)||WHEJ van Wettere, KL Gatford, KL Kind||Australian Pork Limited Research & Development Grant||$122,144|
|2014-2015||Can exercise prevent diabetes in adults who grew poorly before birth? Studies in an ovine model of IUGR.||KL Gatford, GK McConell, G Kaur, JA Owens||
Diabetes Australia Research Trust Millenium Award Type 2 Scheme
|2014||Effect of maternal allergy and allergic challenge on maternal and fetal physiology||R Bischof, T Moss, M Wallace, R De Matteo, J Morrison, B Muhlhausler, KL Gatford, V Clifton||Jack Brockoff Foundation Medical Grant||$69,000|
|2011-2013||Preventing insulin resistance and obesity following fetal growth restriction (ID 1011767)||JA Owens, MJ De Blasio, KL Gatford, S Hiendleder||National Health & Medical Research Council Project Grants||$891,732|
|2010-2012||Preventing impaired ß-cell plasticity, insulin secretion and diabetes after IUGR (ID 627123)||KL Gatford, JA Owens, M Dziadek, RA Simmons, MJ De Blasio||National Health & Medical Research Council Project Grants||$733,500|
|2011||Profiling microRNA Expression in the Pancreas of Placentally Restricted Young Adult Sheep Offspring||H Harryanto, KL Gatford, MJ De Blasio, PA Grant, JA Owens||Exiqon Grant Program||$16,100|
|2010||Testing an intervention to improve insulin secretion and prevent diabetes in individuals who grew poorly before birth (awarded but declined due to successful NHMRC funding for project)||KL Gatford, JA Owens, M Dziadek, RA Simmons, MJ De Blasio||Diabetes Australia Research Trust Project Grants||$59 250|
|2009-2010||Late gestation and lactation interventions to increase piglet growth and pre-weaning survival (2D-119)||KL Gatford, JA Owens, M Nottle, K Kind, W van Wettere, M De Blasio, R Smits, C Collins||CRC for an Internationally Competitive Pork Industry|
Local Competitive Schemes (2010-present)
|2010||Testing an intervention to improve insulin secretion and prevent diabetes in individuals who grew poorly before birth (Project Grant application 287, awarded but declined due to successful NHMRC funding for project)||KL Gatford, JA Owens, M Dziadek, RA Simmons, MJ De Blasio||Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation||$55,000|
National Competitive Infrastructure and Equipment Funding Schemes (2010-present)
|2012||High throughput gene expression and nucleic acid integrity system (GNT1038556)||KL Gatford (CIC)||National Health & Medical Research Council Equipment Grant||$81,646|
|2012||Metabolic, enzyme and selected hormone profiling (GNT1038556)||KL Gatford (CIB)||National Health & Medical Research Council Equipment Grant||$43,000|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Co-Supervisor Amino Acid Supplementation of Pregnant Ewes to Improve Lamb Survival Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Niki Louise Mc Carthy 2017 Principal Supervisor A novel intervention strategy to prevent IUGIR intrauterine growth restriction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Harleen Kaur
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2016 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Perinatal Programming of Metabolic Health in Guinea Pigs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Dane Horton 2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Developmental Programming of Allergic Susceptibility Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Amy Louise Wooldridge 2011 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Neurodevelopmental effects of placental restriction in sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Damien Seth Hunter 2009 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Early life determinants of beta-cell function in the sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Siti Aishah Sulaiman 1999 - 2004 Co-Supervisor Placental Restriction and Endocrine Control of Postnatal Growth Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Miles De Blasio
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2015 - 2015 Member External Animal Ethics Review Committee Department of Environment and Heritage, SA Government Australia 2013 - 2013 Member Program Organising Committee: Fetal and Neonatal Workshop, 2013 Satellite meeting of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia 2011 - 2012 Member Working group chapter 6, review and development of the 8th edition of the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes NHMRC Australia 2010 - 2012 Chair Program Organising Committee, Endocrine Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting Endocrine Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting Australia 2010 - 2010 Member External Animal Ethics Review Committee member Department of Environment and Heritage, SA Government Australia 2007 - 2014 Member University of Adelaide Animal Ethics Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2007 - 2007 Member Program Organising Committee: Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Conference, 2007 Society for Reproductive Biology Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2007 - 2010 Director Australian Women in Endocrinology Australia 2001 - ongoing Member Australian Women in Endocrinology Australia 1994 - ongoing — Endocrine Society of Australia Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2014 - ongoing Board Member American Journal of Physiology American Physiological Society United States 2014 - ongoing Board Member Reproduction — United Kingdom
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