Prabha Andraweera

Dr Prabha Andraweera

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - 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 lecturer and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Robinson Research Institute and the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide.

I have a strong research interest in genetic and modifiable lifestyle factors that contribute to health in pregnancy and beyond for mothers and children. My current research investigates the effects of major pregnancy complications including gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes mellitus and spontaneous preterm birth on cardiovascular health of women and their children.

Current projects

Risk for cardiovascular disease among women and children after major pregnancy complications (PhD candidate Miss Maleesa Pathirana)

We are following up women and children of the STOP (Screening Tests to Predict Poor Outcomes of Pregnancy) study at 3 years postpartum to assess risk factors for cardiovascular disease among women and haemodynamic parameters in children.

 

Risk for premature coronary artery disease after major pregnancy complications (PhD candidate Dr. Adeel Khoja)

We are currently assessing the association between major pregnancy complications and premature coronary artery disease among South Australian women by performing a data linkage between the Coronary Angiogram Database of South Australia (CADOSA) and the South Australian Perinatal Statistics Collection (SAPSC).

 

Cardio Obstetrics Registry of South Australia (COROSA)

We have established a database that collects information on health outcomes of women who have cardiac disease during pregnancy. This is a prospective registry and the purpose of the database is to observe the management of these patients from pre-pregnancy to the post-natal stage. Analysis of this information will ideally enable identification of risk factors, patient care and treatment, and preventative strategies for pregnancy-related cardiac deterioration. Furthermore, the database will allow monitoring of the effectiveness of interdepartmental management, which will further enable development of quality assurance strategies and well-formed guidelines for multidisciplinary management of future pregnancies.

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Adelaide Medical School
    2015 - 2018 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
2021 Heart Foundation Tom Simpson Equipment Grant Prabha Andraweera $14,000
2020-2021 Hot North Innovative ways to improve STI testing among young people living in remote areas of the Northern Territory: behavioural insights (nudges)  Helen Marshall, James Ward, Rosalind Webby, Prabha Andraweera $36,500
2019-2020 Robinson Research Institute Investment for Success Improving maternal and child health in  a socially disadvantaged population Prabha Andraweera, Claire Roberts, Margaret Arstall, Gus Dekker, Shalem Leemaqz, Zohra Lassi $30,000
2019-2020 Robinson Research Institute Innovative Seed Funding Devising a clinical audit tool to capture local needs and capabilities regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) in Katakwi District of Uganda Zohra Lassi, Zeshi Fisher, Alice Rumbold, Prabha Andraweera, Claire Roberts $25,000
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 $25,000
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
2016-2017 Robinson Research Institute Engaging Opportunities Grant Evaluation of BKFA birthing kits effectiveness and impact in improving outcomes for women and babies in developing countries Claire Roberts, Prabha Andraweera, Zohra Lassi, Sarah Robertson $3600
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

 

Lecturer, Clinical Skills and Simulation, BHlthMedSc (Advanced) - HLTH SC 1006

Lecturer, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health - HLTH SC 3013

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Assessing the Influence of Pregnancy and its Complications on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Adeel Akbar Khoja
    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
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The impact of intrauterine exposures on neurodevelopmental outcomes in 8–10 year old children within a disadvantaged population Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr 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
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Associate Editor BMC Reproductive Health The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research 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: Women's and Children's Health

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