Nicolette Hodyl

Dr Nicolette Hodyl

MS McLeod Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Nicolette Hodyl - MS McLeod Research Fellow
My research seeks to identify the impact of common adverse exposures in pregnancy that contribute to altered fetal growth, aberrant HPA function and immune development, which ultimately lead to poor child neurodevelopmental outcomes. My specific areas of interest are (i) the effects of feto-placental inflammation on fetal and neonatal development; (ii) the role of antenatal exposure to endogenous and exogenous glucocorticoids in programming fetal systems; and (iii) the consequences of these early life exposures on child neuroendocrine function and neurodevelopment. This research involves linking clinical and environmental exposures in the perinatal period to neonatal and child health outcomes. My research spans basic science (assessing placental and cord blood biomarkers that lead to and/or predict poor outcomes) and epidemiology (examining outcomes in large Australian cohorts). Ultimately this research aims to identify aberrant processes and promulgate effective intervention strategies to (1) prevent poor neurodevelopment from occurring during the perinatal period, and (2) optimise neurodevelopment in children exposed to an adverse in-utero environment.

My research predominantly involves the study of preterm neonates. In Australia, over 24,000 babies are born prematurely every year. Over 500 of these babies will die in the neonatal period, while another 18,000 will suffer neonatal and/or lifelong morbidity. As such, preterm birth represents a huge emotional and social burden to affected parents and families, as well as a large economic cost to Australia's public health care system. My broad research area seeks to identify factors that contribute to poor brain development in this vulnerable population.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Research Leader University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 - 2018 MS McLeod Research Fellow Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
    2015 Career Development Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2011 - 2014 NHMRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2003 - 2007 University of Newcastle Australia, Newcastle Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2002 University of Newcastle Australia, Newcastle Australia Bachelor of Science (Hons 1)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2012 Diploma of Management Proteus Leadership Australia
    2010 Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia Australia
Grants/ Funding

TOTAL RESEARCH FUNDING more than $2 million + fellowships = $615, 000

2016-2017 

Women’s and Children’s Research Foundation                                 

Project Grant: The NeoBolus International Point Prevalence Study: understanding the global use of bolus therapy in neonatal intensive care. Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

CIs: Amy Keir, Nicolette Hodyl, Michael Stark

$68,000
2016

Robinson Research Institute                                                                      

Cohort and Intergenerational Studies Grant: Child neurodevelopment following an adverse early life environment

CIs: Nicolette Hodyl, Claire Roberts   

$10,000
2016 

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation                                  

Departmental Research Grant: Genetic factors predicting responses to corticosteroid therapy.

CIs: Nicolette Hodyl, Michael Stark

$10,000
2016 

Robinson Research Institute Seed Funding                                         

Investigations into the effect viral infection during the peri-conception period have on the induction of B regulatory cells, and subsequent susceptibility to miscarriage and/or preterm delivery.

CIs: Kerri Diener, Nicolette Hodyl & Michael Stark

$25,000
2015

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation                                  

Departmental Research Grant: Genetic factors predicting responses to corticosteroid therapy.

CIs: Michael Stark & Nicolette Hodyl

$10,000
2014-2016 

NHMRC                                                                                                               

Project grant:  Mechanisms underlying impaired neuroplasticity in adolescents born preterm

CIs: Julia Pitcher, Michael Ridding, John Rothwell, Nicolette Hodyl, Angela Clow

$511,000
2015-2017 

MS McLeod Research Fellowship                                                            

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation

CIA Nicolette Hodyl

$235,000
2015

Robinson Research Institute Career Devt Fellowship                     

CIA: Nicolette Hodyl

Declined in favour of MS McLeod Research Fellowship

$100,000
2015 

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation                                         

Project Grant: Cord blood miRNA expression profiles and childhood cognitive outcomes following preterm birth

CIs: Nicolette Hodyl, Michael Stark, Julia Pitcher

$49,200
2015

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation                                         

Project Grant: Regulating inflammation in the preterm neonate: the contribution of microRNAs

CIs: Nicolette Hodyl, Michael Stark, Vicki Clifton

$58,600
2015 

Robinson Research Institute Seed Funding                                         

Project Grant: Understanding the impact of PCOS on fetal exposure to androgens and metabolic, inflammatory and oxidative stress markers.

Cis: Lisa Moran, Nicolette Hodyl, Michael Stark

$25,000
2015  

Robinson Research Institute Seed Funding                                         

Project grant: The development of a new passive immunotherapeutic for the treatment and prevention of sepsis in mouse neonates.

CIs: Kerrilyn Diener, Nicolette Hodyl, Michael Stark & John Hayball

$25,000
2015   

Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide      

Investment for Success Funding

Near Miss Grant funding scheme

CIA: Nicolette Hodyl

$30,000
2014-2015 

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation                                         

Project Grant

CIs: Michael Stark, Nicolette Hodyl, Chad Andersen, Ben Saxon

$52,000
2014 

Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide                                          

Near Miss Grant Funding

CIs: Nicolette Hodyl & Julia Pitcher

$21,000
2014

Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide

Visitor Speaking Program                                                                             

Nicolette Hodyl and Hannah Palliser

$1,000
2013 

NHMRC Equipment Grant                                                                           

Neuroplasticity and neurodevelopment in humans following adverse events in pregnancy

CIs: Pitcher JB, Hodyl NA, Ridding MC, Clifton VL & Semmler JG

$109,598
2013

Women’s and Children’s Research Foundation                 

Project Grant - Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

CIs: Ann-Maree Vallence, Nicolette Hodyl, Julia Pitcher

$52 000
2013-2014  

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation                                         

Project Grant

CIs: Michael Stark, Nicolette Hodyl, Chad Andersen

$50,000
2013 

Robinson Foundation

Project Grant                                                                                                    

CIs: Julia Pitcher, Luke Schneider, Nicolette Hodyl, Angela Clow

$20,000
2011-2014    NHMRC Biomedical Research (Training) Fellowship      $290,000
2010-2012

Thrasher Research Foundation (USA)

Early Career Award                                                                                        

CI: Nicolette Hodyl

US$26,679
2011-12 

Women’s and Children’s Research Foundation                 

Project Grant - Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

CIs: Nicolette Hodyl, Michael Stark and Vicki Clifton

$43,000
2011

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation                                         

CIs: Michael Stark, Nicolette Hodyl, Andy McPhee & Bob Gibson & Maria Makrides  

$35,000
2011

University of Adelaide-Lyell McEwin Hospital Strategic Initiative

CIs: Jude Chapman-Wardy and Nicolette Hodyl   

$10,000

                                      

Teaching
University of Adelaide
2013-current

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research biostatistics

Honours Program

2011- current

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Honours Assessment Panel

2008-current 

Human Reproductive Health III

Guest Lecturer and Workshops

School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Adelaide, SA

2008

Advanced Systems Physiology III

School of Molecular and Biomedical Science

University of Adelaide, SA

2008 
 

Human Physiology II

Workshop Demonstrator

School of Molecular and Biomedical Science

University of Adelaide, SA

                  

University of Newcastle
2003 – 2006

Laboratory Demonstrator and Tutor for Psychology III

Course: Advanced Psychobiology

Department of Psychology

The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

2003 – 2006

Lecturer and Tutor for Nursing I

Course 1: Social Determinants of Health

Course 2: Developmental Psychology

Department of Nursing and Midwifery

 The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

2006

Demonstrator and Tutor for Information Technology I

Course: Introduction to Information and Technology

Department of Psychology

The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

                     

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Neuroprotection in Neonatal Encephalopathy - extending our understanding beyond cooling in the NICU Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Kathryn Anne Martinello
    2017 Co-Supervisor Characterising Transfusion Related Immune Modulation in Preterm Infants Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Tara Marie Crawford
    2016 Co-Supervisor Early life adversity, child neurodevelopment, cognitive ability and mental health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Amy Jade Alice Garrett
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Clinical Practice of Allogenic Red Blood Cell Transfusion and Fluid Bolus Therapy in Neonates Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Amy Keir
    2013 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Regulation of the Innate Immune System in Preterm Neonates Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Natalie Aboustate
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2014 - ongoing Chair Endocrine Society of Australia/Society for Reproductive Biology Australia
    2014 - ongoing Chair Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member Fetal and Neonatal Workshop of Australia and New Zealand
    2014 - ongoing Chair Endocrine Society of Australia
    2013 - ongoing Chair Fetal and Neonatal Workshop of Australia and New Zealand
    2013 - ongoing Chair Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
    2013 - ongoing Chair Endocrine Society of Australia
    2013 - ongoing Board Member Endocrine Society of Australia
    2013 - ongoing Representative DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) Society of Australia and New Zealand
    2012 - ongoing Chair Robinson Institute Annual Research Symposium
    2012 - ongoing Chair Australian Health and Medical Research Congress
    2012 - ongoing Board Member Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA), Annual Meeting
    2012 - ongoing Chair Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA), Basic Science Seminar Weekend
    2012 - ongoing Board Member Joanna Briggs Institute, University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2017 Council Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA)
    2010 - ongoing Member Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide Executive Committee
    2010 - 2012 Member Clinical Research Training Committee Lyell McEwen Hospital, Northern Area Health Network
    2009 - 2012 Member Early Career Researchers Committee Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ)
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Chair Local Organizing Committee - National Scientific meeting Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA)
    2015 - ongoing Member Programming Organising Committee, Career Development Weekend Endocrine Society of Australia
    2012 - 2014 Member Programming Organising Committee, Basic Sciences Seminar Weekend Endocrine Society of Australia
    2012 - 2013 Member Annual Scientific Meeting, Organising Committee Fetal and Neonatal Workshop of Australia and New Zealand
    2012 - 2013 Member National Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Local Organising Committee Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
    2012 - 2013 Chair Robinson Institute PSANZ Satellite Meeting, Organising Committee
    2012 - 2013 Member Robinson Institute Research Symposia, Program Organising Committee University of Adelaide
    2012 - ongoing Member National Medical Health Research meeting, Local Organising Committee Australian Health and Medical Research Congress
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2014 - ongoing Member Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Frontiers in Pediatrics - Neonatology
    2013 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Reproductive Biology and Health
  • Position: MS McLeod Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83131303
  • Email: nicolette.hodyl@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Building: WCH - Norwich Centre, floor G
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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