School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Having completed my PhD in 2017, I am now working as a postdoctoral researcher within the Life Course and Intergenerational Health Research Group, Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide.
My research focuses on maternal conditions during pregnancy, and prenatal and perinatal exposure to environmental factors and the consequences these have for child health and development.
I am currently involved in various projects relating reproductive epidemiology including:
- Health profiles and health services use of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pregnancy and perinatal outcomes of children conceived using fertility treatments
My PhD research involved a series of epidemiological studies focusing on the consequences of women’s night shift work for infertility and reproductive outcomes.
My research interests include:
- Reproductive epidemiology
- Occupational epidemiology
- Reproductive and intergenerational health
- Environmental determinants of disease
Date Position Institution name 2019 Grant Funded Researcher University of Adelaide 2018 - 2018 Career Development Fellow University of Adelaide 2017 - 2018 Research Associate University of Adelaide 2014 - 2017 Assistant to the Co-Directors University of Adelaide 2013 - 2017 Research Assistant University of Adelaide 2012 - 2017 PhD Candidate University of Adelaide 2011 - 2012 Data Assistant University of Adelaide 2010 - 2011 Research Assistant University of Western Australia, Perth
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Fellowship Robinson Research Institute Career Development Fellowship — — — 2017 Scholarship 2017 Konrad Jamrozik Student Scholarship Public Health Association Australia SA Branch Australia — 2017 Research Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide — — 2015 Scholarship SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Scholarship University of Adelaide — — 2009 Scholarship Governor Sanderson Scholarship in Population Health (Dr Haruhisa Handa Leadership Scholarship Program) University of Western Australia — — 2008 Award The CDJ Holman Prize for Excellence in Public Health University of Western Australia — —
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2009 - 2010 University of Western Australia Australia MPH 2004 - 2008 University of Western Australia Australia B.HlthSc 2004 - 2008 University of Western Australia Australia B.Comm
Year Citation 2018 Fernandez, R., Moore, V., Willson, K., Rumbold, A., & Davies, M. (2018). The risk of urogenital anomalies in children conceived with ICSI using fresh or frozen embryo cycles. In HUMAN REPRODUCTION Vol. 33 (pp. 32-33). Barcelona, SPAIN: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2018 Davies, M., March, W., Whitrow, M., Fernandez, R., & Moore, V. (2018). Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are at increased risk of postnatal depression. In HUMAN REPRODUCTION Vol. 33 (pp. 322). Barcelona, SPAIN: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2016 Moore, V., Rumbold, A., Whitrow, M., Oswald, T., Moran, L., Fernandez, R., & Davies, M. (2016). The influence of specific infertility treatments on long-term cognitive abilities in children: a systematic review. In HUMAN REPRODUCTION Vol. 31 (pp. 107-108). OXFORD UNIV PRESS.
Year Citation 2019 Davies, M., Rumbold, A., Willson, K., Fernandez, R., Scheil, W., & Moore, V. (2019). Treatment Factors and the Risk of Specific Congenital Heart Defects. Poster session presented at the meeting of HUMAN REPRODUCTION. Vienna, AUSTRIA: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2017 Davies, M., Fernandez, R., Willson, K., Rumbold, A., Scheil, W., & Moore, V. (2017). Does night shift work increase the risk of urogenital defects after ART treatment?. Poster session presented at the meeting of HUMAN REPRODUCTION. Geneva, SWITZERLAND: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2016 Davies, M., Rumbold, A., Fernandez, R., Willson, K., Scheil, W., & Moore, V. (2016). Which patient and treatment factors contribute to the risk of congenital heart defects after art?. Poster session presented at the meeting of HUMAN REPRODUCTION. OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2016 Davies, M., Rumbold, A., Fernandez, R., Willson, K., Scheil, W., & Moore, V. (2016). Which patient and treatment factors contribute to the risk of congenital heart defects after art?. Poster session presented at the meeting of HUMAN REPRODUCTION. OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2016 Fernandez, R., Willson, K., Moore, V., & Davies, M. (2016). O23-2 Application of a shift work job-exposure matrix to investigate occupational differences in women’s accessing of fertility treatment and infertility diagnosis. Poster session presented at the meeting of Oral Session – Reproductive 1. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
2016 Davies, M. J., Willson, K. J., Fernandez, R., & Moore, V. M. (2016). Variation in the risk of congenital heart defects by mode of conception. Poster session presented at the meeting of DOHaD Australia and New Zealand. Adelaide, Australia.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2011 Callender, G., Marsh, P., & Fernandez, R. (2011). Scoping study on procurement in desert Australia. Ninti One Limited.
Competitive Research Funding
State Competitive and Intramural Schemes
|2020||ARGCHDG-41||Davies M; Moore V; Rumbold A; Moore L; Giles L; Grzeskowiak L; Fernandez R; McElroy H; Olibris B; Wen S||FND000790: MRFF- Accelerated Research - Congenital Heart Disease||$3,041,594|
|2017||ORG122583||Fernandez R.||NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Project Support Grant||$13,700|
|2017||Fernandez R; Stark M; Moore V; Davies M.||Robinson Research Institute, Innovation Seed Funding Program 2018||$23,723|
|2016||Davies M; Fernandez R; Gatford K; Varcoe T; Giles L; Moore V; Kennaway D.||Robinson Research Institute, Engaging Opportunities Program||$9200|
|2016||Fernandez R.||Healthy Development Adelaide Travel Grant||$1000|
|2016||Fernandez R.||Robinson Research Institute Travel Grant||$1500|
|2016||Fernandez R.||School of Medicine Research Travel Award||$1854|
|2014||ORG97893||Fernandez R.||SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Scholarship||$9483|
|2012||Fernandez R.||Australian Postgraduate Award (3 year scholarship)||$23,728/yr|
University of Adelaide – School of Population Health
March 2015 – December 2017
Position: Assignment marking and exam supervision, second year undergraduate course – Experimental Research in Health Sciences (Advanced) II
July 2014 – November 2014
Position: Tutor, second year undergraduate course – Investigating Health and Disease in Populations II
July 2014 – November 2014
Position: Tutor (computer practical), postgraduate level course – Biostatistics
May 2013 – July 2013
Position: Tutor, one-on-one tutoring of a postgraduate student for Introduction to Biostatistics and Introduction to Epidemiology.
July 2012 – November 2013
Position: Tutor, first year undergraduate courses in Public Health – Public Health 1A (Semester 1 2013), Public Health 1B (Semester 2 2012, Semester 2 2013)
University of Western Australia – School of Population Health
August 2010 – November 2010
Position: Tutor, first year undergraduate unit in Public Health (PUBH1101)
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2016 - 2016 Member Organising committee, Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender Annual Symposium University of Adelaide — 2014 - ongoing Treasurer Health Sciences Postgraduate Association (HeSPA) — — 2013 - 2014 Secretary Health Sciences Postgraduate Association (HeSPA) — —
Date Role Membership Country 2017 - ongoing Member Public Health Association Australia — 2015 - ongoing — Fertility Society Australia — 2014 - ongoing — DOHaD Society of Australian and New Zealand — 2014 - ongoing — Health Development Adelaide — 2012 - ongoing — Australasian Epidemiological Association — 2012 - 2017 — Health Sciences Postgraduate Association —
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