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. 

Research funded by Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Divisional Scholarship

Other awards:

2019 - Hospital Research Foundation Travel Grant

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    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
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  • 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: maleesa.pathirana@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6062.1
  • Org Unit: Women's and Children's Health

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