Maleesa Pathirana

Miss Maleesa Pathirana

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Study Coordinator

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I work across multiple disciplines, with a strong focus on clinical research and patient based care and preventative research, particularly for patients serviced from the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network:

Northern Cardiovascular Research Group: I am the study coordinator for the Screening Tests to Predict Poor Outcomes of Pregnancy (STOP) 3Y study, which is the project that compasses my PhD.  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 also work collaboratively on other clinical projects in the group, with a strong focus on heart disease in pregnancy. 

Discipline of Psychiatry: I am the study coordinator for multiple clinical studies run by the Discipline of Psychiatry, including those on psychosis, and youth mental health in Northern Adelaide. More information about our core research programs can be found here

Coronary Angiogram Database of South Australia:  I work as a research officer for the Coronary Angiogram Database Of South Australia (CADOSA) program, a clinical registry of patients undergoing cardiac catheterization procedures in hospitals throughout South Australia. I am based at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Study Coordinator The University of Adelaide
    2020 - ongoing Research Officer - CADOSA The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Research Assistant The University of Adelaide
    2019 - ongoing HDR Representative RRI Early Mid Career Research Council
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can peer review
  • 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

Research funded by Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Divisional Scholarship

Other awards:

2019 - Hospital Research Foundation Travel Grant

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Insulin resistance in offspring exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide 4th Year Medicine Research Project Other Full Time Cicilia Gomes
    2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Insulin resistance in offspring exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus The University of Adelaide 4th Year Medicine Research Project Other Full Time Nipun Herath
    2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Insulin resistance in offspring exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus The University of Adelaide 4th Year Medicine Research Project Other Full Time Elise Toyer
    2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Insulin resistance in offspring exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus The University of Adelaide 4th Year Medicine Research Project Other Full Time Kayla Koh
    2020 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Inter-pregnancy Interval and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease The University of Adelaide Third Year Health and Medical Science Placement Other Full Time Lorraine Cometa
    2020 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Gestational Hypertension and risk of cardiovascular disease The University of Adelaide Other Ayani Gamage
  • 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: Study Coordinator
  • Email: maleesa.pathirana@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Org Unit: Women's and Children's Health

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