Kathy Gatford

Dr Kathy Gatford

Senior Lecturer

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.

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  • Appointments

    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
  • Education

    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)
  • Research Interests

Competitive Research Funding

National Competitive Schemes (2010-present)

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
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

$149,831
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)

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
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)

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
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
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  • 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
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  • Committee Memberships

    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
  • Memberships

    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
  • Editorial Boards

    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
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83134158
  • Email: kathy.gatford@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6069.02
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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