Melanie Wittwer

Dr Melanie Wittwer

Research Coordinator

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Melanie Wittwer is an Affiliate Associate Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and a member of the Northern Cardiology Research Group under the direction of A/Prof Margaret Arstall.

She obtained her PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2022. Melanie is also a Research Officer both in the Department of Cardiology and in the Intensive Care Unit at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN).

Melanie has research interests in:
- Cardiovascular risk, pathophysiology of atherosclerosis, vascular function, and outcomes in women.
- Translational research in resuscitation medicine, including effectiveness research for survivors of out of hospital cardiac arrest and development of systems of care for the deteriorating patient in an acute health setting.

Northern Cardiovascular Research Group (Lyell McEwin Hospital)

Our research group aims to improve outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease in northern Adelaide. Our main research themes include management of coronary heart disease, heart disorders during pregnancy, and heart disease in women.

Our group is currently able to supervise third year, summer scholarship, Honours and HDR research students, as well as medical students.

 

Available Research Projects
Surviving Cardiac Arrest in Northern Adelaide

Project description: Our projects combine cardiology, emergency, intensive care, and SA Ambulance, with potential for broader collaboration with epidemiology, rehabilitation medicine, outcomes research and psychiatry. Projects aim to improve overall survival after cardiac arrest and include: (1) Cardiac interventions; (2) Gender disparities; (3) Physical, mental, and emotional outcomes; (4) End of life care. Small to medium projects can be adapted to suit the interests of summer research and honours students. 

Projects available for: Undergraduate / Honours / HDR
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

 

Cardiovascular assessment after obstetric complications: follow-up for education and evaluation 

Project description:  This study encompasses clinical, lab-based, and qualitative projects with a strong emphasis on translatable research. Women who experience complications of pregnancy have an increased risk of developing future cardiovascular disease. The COFFEE program is the first Australian research-informed, clinical-based postpartum initiative for women who have had a pregnancy complication. 

Projects available for: Undergraduate / Summer Scholarship / Honours / HDR
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

 

The effect of pregnancy complications and lifestyle on the health of mother and child

Project description: This clinical project focuses on following up women and children to measure cardiovascular and other risk factors. A range of sub-projects may be developed to focus on clinical and social influences of maternal and child health.

Projects available for: Undergraduate / Summer Scholarship / Honours / HDR
Location: LMH
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Police clearance and vaccinations

Current teaching contributions:

BHMS Year 3 Research Placement Course (Hlth Sci)

Research and Critical Appraisal, MBBS year 3 (Med Stud 3014A and B)

Health Sciences Honours Research (AMS)

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Validation of an oscillometric blood pressure monitor in pregnant women according to ISO 81060-2 The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Asia Mohebi
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2022 - ongoing Member SA Women’s Health Research Translation Network Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member South Australian Cardiovascular Health Research Network Australia
    2012 - ongoing Member Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand Australia

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