Prabha Andraweera

Dr Prabha Andraweera

NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr. Prabha Andraweera obtained her medical degree (MBBS) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2001. She obtained her PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 2012. She is currently a NHMRC peter Doherty BioMedical Fellow in the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide.

Research Projects

Genetic and environmental risk for pregnancy complications and subsequent metabolic syndrome

Women who experience adverse pregnancy outcomes including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, those who deliver small for gestational age babies and those who deliver preterm are at increased risk of coronary artery disease in later life. Dr. Andraweera’s current research focuses on identifying risk factors for coronary artery disease subsequent to pregnancy complications and in exploring gene-environmental interactions that influence both pregnancy complications and subsequent coronary artery disease.  

 

Intrauterine determinants of early life risk for subsequent cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Australia and world-wide. The intrauterine environment plays a critical role in health after birth and previous research has shown that children born after complicated pregnancies are at increased risk for CVD in adult life. We are at present investigating intrauterine adverse conditions that associate with CVD risk factors in children. 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 NHMRC Peter Doherty BioMedical Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2014 Visiting Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2013 Lecturer Faculty of Medicine, The University of Colombo
    2008 - 2012 PhD Candidate The University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2008 Lecturer The University of Colombo
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Recognition Certificate of excellence as a reviewer Molecular Human Reproduction
    2014 Award Robinson Institute Prize for the best oral presentation in reproductive health, pregnancy and child health Annual Scientific Conference of the Australian Society for Medical Research
    2013 Recognition Certificate of excellence as a reviewer Molecular Human Reproduction
    2012 Award Dean’s Commendation for excellence of the Doctoral thesis The University of Adelaide
    2011 Award Best Poster Award Annual Scientific Meeting of Robinson Research Institute
    2011 Award Best Poster Award The University of Adelaide
    2010 Award Frederick P Zuspan Award International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy and the Perinatal Society of USA
    2010 Award ISSHP Young Investigator Travel Award International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 - 2012 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1995 - 2001 The University of Colombo Sri Lanka MBBS
Year Granting body Title Name Amount
2015 - 2018 NHMRC Peter Doherty BioMedical Fellowship

Genetic and environmental risk for pregnancy complications and subsequent metabolic syndrome

Prabha Andraweera $339,436
2018-2019 Robinson Research Institute Innovative Seed Funding Effectiveness of a post-partum intervention to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease after pregnancy complications Prabha Andraweera, Margaret Arstall, Zohra Lassi, Claire Roberts $35,000
2018-2019 Robinson Research Institute Engaging Opportunities Grant Designing a high quality evaluative research plan for Birthing Kits Foundation Australia Community Development Project in Uganda Zohra Lassi, Alice Rumbold, Prabha Andraweera, Zeshi Fisher, Claire Roberts $8655
2016 - 2017 Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation ECR project grant Genetic and early life determinants of childhood obesity Prabha Andraweera, Claire Roberts, Gus Dekker, Ben Mol, John Lynch $35,000
2015-2016 Robinson Research Institute Innovative Seed Funding 

Identifying molecular pathways in the placenta that are implicated in the link between pregnancy complications and subsequent coronary artery disease

Prabha Andraweera, Hannah Brown, Tina Bianco-Miotto $25,000
2008-2012 Australian Leadership Award (AusAid) PhD scholarship Prabha Andraweera $300,000

 

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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 Co-Supervisor Antenatal Antecedents of Maternal and Child Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Maleesa Melanie Pathirana
    2017 Co-Supervisor Pregnancy Complications and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Michelle Desley Plummer
    2016 Co-Supervisor Early life adversity, child neurodevelopment, cognitive ability and mental health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Amy Jade Alice Garrett
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Risk factors for cardiovascular disease among those born preterm-systematic review and meta analysis The University of Adelaide Other Part Time Bradley Condon
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Risk factors for cardiovascular disease among those born preterm-systematic review and meta analysis The University of Adelaide Other Gemma Collett
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Risk factors for cardiovascular disease among those born preterm-systematic review and meta analysis The University of Adelaide Other Stefania Gentilcore
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Council Australia and New Zealand Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Australia
  • Position: NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Fellow
  • Phone: 83134086
  • Email: prabha.andraweera@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6062.47
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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