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 $2.8 million in research funding, including from NHMRC, Diabetes Australia Research Trust and the CRC for an Internationally Competitive Pork Industry. Recent projects aiming to improve human health include studies of a new dietary intervention to prevent IUGR (CIA, Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation, 2017, $75,000), and investigating effects of shiftwork during pregnancy on pregnancy outcomes and progeny health, with Prof David Kennaway & Dr Tamara Varcoe (CIB, NHMRC Project, 2016-2018). My work also translates to improving animal well-being and productivity, and I am part of a team investigating pregnancy interventions to improve survival in twin lambs (MLA). 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 coordinate, lecture in and manage and moderate assessment for the two level 3 courses in childhood health as well as the core course Innovation and Entrepreneurship in health. I also teach into the level 3 reproductive biology course and level I of the MBBS (Fundamentals of Biological Science). 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 now Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health & Medical Sciences (advanced) program.

Early Origins of Health and Disease Research Group

The Early Origins of Health and Disease Research Group aims to understand how exposures in pregnancy impact later health, and to develop and test interventions during and after pregnancy to reduce the impact of these exposures and improve health of offspring from birth to adulthood. We use intensive studies in preclinical models with a large network of collaborators to investigate mechanisms and evaluate interventions independent of potential confounding, as well as evaluating evidence from human cohorts. 

Project 1

Title: Improving outcomes for babies of asthmatic mothers

Description: Babies whose mothers have asthma during pregnancy are at increased risk of poor lung function and respiratory problems at birth. We have recently published novel data showing that this may be due to delayed lung maturation before birth in these babies. In this project we will use our preclinical model of allergic asthma during pregnancy to test the first intervention to protect these newborns from lung problems at birth, and will evaluate lung function and its structural and molecular determinants.

Projects available for: 3rd year research placement, Honours and HDR (subject to project funding)

Location: SAHMRI Gilles Plains/Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences building (potential for collaborative research at Monash University)

Research Project Start: Semester 2 2020

Special Requirements: Some out-of-hours work will be required

 

Project 2

Title: Preventing IUGR

Description: Studies will use our preclinical model of poor growth before birth (intra-uterine growth restriction, IUGR) to evaluation  interventions to improve placental function and fetal growth.

Projects available for: 3rd year research placement, Honours and HDR (subject to project funding)

Location: Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences building

Research Project Start: Semester 1 2020

Special Requirements: Some out-of-hours work will be required

 

Project 3

Title: Prenatal origins of allergy

Description: Understanding the impact of maternal asthma and allergy on asthma and allergy in children by systematically searching and evaluating published literature. Using data linkage in human cohorts to evaluate the impact of prenatal exposures, such as fetal growth, preterm birth, mode of delivery and maternal asthma, on risks of allergy in childhood and into later life.

Projects available for: 3rd year research placement, Honours and HDR

Location: Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences building/Women's & Children's Hospital

Research Project Start: Semester 1 or Semester 2 2020

Special Requirements: Police clearance and ethics clearances may be required

 

Project 4

Title: Gut adaptations during pregnancy

Description: Successful pregnancy requires increased nutrient absorption by the mother to meet demands of the growing fetus. As well as increasing the efficiency of nutrient absorption from the gut, a pregnant mother needs to increase how much she eats. This means that satiety (fullness) pathways need to be down-regulated, to allow increasing food intake. How nutrient absorption increases and satiety pathways down-regulate in the gut is not well-understood. This project will study changes during pregnancy in preclinical models, in collaboration with Prof Amanda Page at SAHMRI.

Projects available for: 3rd year research placement, Honours and HDR (subject to project funding)

Location: SAHMRI / Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences building

Research Project Start: Semester 1 or Semester 2 2020

Special Requirements: Some out-of-hours work will be required

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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

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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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