Sarah Hammond

Sarah Hammond

Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Office

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences graduate

Current Honours student, working under supervision of Dr Kathy Gatford of the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide

Sarah graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences in 2020; continuing to achieve First Class Honours in 2021, under the supervision of A/Prof Kathy Gatford. Her Honours project aimed to characterise the impact of maternal asthma exposure on fetal airway development as a potential mechanism for the increased risk of childhood asthma faced by progeny of asthmatic mothers. In 2022 Sarah began her PhD at the University of South Australia, under the supervision of Prof Janna Morrision (Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group). Her work now looks to understand the effects of pregnancy complications on fetal brain development. Sarah is particularly interested in the effect of fetal growth restriction on the developing hippocampus - an important region of the brain involved in learning and memory - and hopes that her work will help to elucidate why children born growth restricted are more likely to experience a range of neurological deficits in postnatal life. 

Influenced by a strong background in early childhood education, Sarah is passionate about improving child health outcomes and hopes that, ultimately, her work will contribute to ensuring all babies are born with a good foundation for lifelong health.

In addition to undertaking her PhD, Sarah enjoys teaching into the undergraduate course Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAPI A & B) and aims to continue to incorporate engaging with students interested in health and medical science as her career progresses. 

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Hammond, S. J., & Darby, J. R. T. (2022). A no brainer: Intervening early to protect against perinatal brain injury.. J Physiol, 600(18), 4059-4061.

Lab Demonstrator - Human Anatomy and Physiology (University of Adelaide) March 2021 - Present

Tutor - Human Anatomy and Physiology (University of Adelaide) July 2021 - Present

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