Shilpanjali Jesudason

Associate Professor Shilpanjali Jesudason

Associate Professor

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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

A/Prof Jesudason (MBBS, PhD, FRACP; née Prasad) is a Staff Specialist Nephrologist and Chair of the Clinical Research Group at the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Central Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplant Service (CNARTS), the National Clinical Director of Kidney Health Australia and Associate Professor, University of Adelaide.  

A/Prof Jesudason is an expert in CKD and pregnancy in patients with CKD. She has built substantial research capacity and grown the research workforce within CNARTS. In 2015, she established the CNARTS Clinical Research Group, conducting patient-centred studies to immediately influence clinical care through evidence-based practice changes, with a focus on the transition to dialysis; psychological resilience and coping; patient-reported outcome measures and symptom burden; community partnerships to inform kidney care for Indigenous patients. She is recognised as an expert on Parenthood in kidney patients, has been an invited speaker on Pregnancy and Renal Disease >30 times since 2012. She has published widely on this topic and her work is highlighted in Guidelines and clinical practice reviews.  She established the only Obstetric Nephrology Service in SA in 2012, and her research has influenced models of care for women with CKD. She uses a broad array of methodologies (population data linkage, registry, cohort studies, qualitative, systematic reviews, basic science) to investigate parenthood outcomes for women and men with kidney disease.She is a senior researcher with the “Better evidence and Translation in Chronic Kidney Disease” (BEAT-CKD) Program. She is a lead contributor to the  “Consumer Engagement in Research” stream which has spearheaded consumer engagement in research and scientific meetings across Australia and is involved in research projects with the ANZDATA registry pillar of BEATCKD. A/Prof Jesudason has extensive collaborations and investigator roles across diverse and multi-disciplinary projects with the BEATCKD program, ANZDATA Registry, The George Institute (including their Consumer and Community Engagement Working Group), SAHMRI Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, KHA-CARI Renal Guidelines Group, University of SA (Exercise Physiology, Pharmacology, Nursing), University of Adelaide )Pharmacology, Nursing, Aboriginal Health, Psychology), Robinson Institute Pregnancy and Birth group, AMOSS Obstetric Surveillance System, Standardised Outcomes in Nephrology (SONG) global initiative.

A/Prof Jesudason is the National Clinical Director of Kidney Health Australia (KHA), the peak body for people affected by kidney disease, and is highly experienced in consumer and community consultation. She leads the clinical directorate in RACGP-accredited education and resources about CKD care that reach > 46,000 primary health professionals.  She co-leads and assisted in securing Federal funding (2018-2020) for 3 programs determining the future of kidney disease policy, strategy and care in Australia particularly for vulnerable patient cohorts: the national Community Consultations for the KHA-CARI Guidelines for Indigenous Patients with CKD, the KHA Youth Program and the Commonwealth National Strategic Action Plan for Kidney Disease (accepted by the DOH in October 2019). She is a national spokesperson and regularly discusses kidney disease in the media.

A/Prof Jesudason has secured ~ $185, 000 in Cat 1 (MRFF) and >$800,000 in Category 2/3 grant support (19 grants, 11 as CIA).

Undergraduate and higher degree

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Enhancing cultural safety in Aboriginal kidney care – a participatory action research involving nurses and Aboriginal patients. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Melissa Arnold-Chamney
    2019 Co-Supervisor Using Pharmacokinetic Principles to Improve the Safety of Tacrolimus in Kidney Transplant Recipients Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Mirabel Alonge
    2019 Principal Supervisor The Benefits and Burdens of Kidney Transplantation for First Nations Australians Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Samantha Bateman
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Developing a non-human primate model of dendritic cell based immunotherapy in transplantation: Studies in the common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael Gerard Collins
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 0870740000
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  • Fax: 8222 0970
  • Campus: Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Building: RAH - East Wing, floor 7
  • Room: 7F Royal Adelaide Hospital Renal Unit
  • Org Unit: Medicine

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