Maleesa Pathirana

Miss Maleesa Pathirana

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Doctorate Student

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

My research interests are in maternal and pediatric health.

It has been shown that pregnancy complications, like pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and preterm birth can affect the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in women. The children of these women may also be at risk of poor metabolic health, cardiovascular risk factors and poor neurodevelopment outcomes.

My PhD project aims to assess the effect of pregnancy complications on the cardiovascular and metabolic health of both mother and child, and to assess the neurodevelopment of the children at 3 years.

I am following up women and children from the STOP (Screening Tests to Predict Poor Outcomes of Pregnancy) study at 3 years to assess their metabolic and cardiovascular health, and assess neuro development in the children. 

  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2017 - 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Honours in Obstetrics and Gynaecology)
    2014 - 2016 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Pathirana, M. M., Lassi, Z. S., Roberts, C. T., & Andraweera, P. H. (2020). Cardiovascular risk factors in offspring exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus in utero: systematic review and meta-analysis.. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 1-18.

Research funded by Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Divisional Scholarship

Other awards:

2019 - Hospital Research Foundation Travel Grant

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Medical Research Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member DOHaD ANZ Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Doctorate Student
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6062.1
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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