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Julie Owens; Ph.D., B.Sc.

Dr. Julie Owens is currently Director of the Research Centre for the Early Origins of Health and Disease, a founding centre of the newly established Robinson Institute and Head of the School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide, South Australia. The goals of the Institute and its Centres are to conduct internationally recognised research into the social and biological determinants of intergenerational health and the development of interventions to improve health of the individual in infancy and childhood and later life. Earlier, Professor Owens served as a member and Chair of the Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Section of the Australian Research Council College of Experts, as a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Discipline Panels (Endocrinology and Reproduction; Fetal and Paediatric; Perinatology/ Paediatrics/ Obstetrics/ Reproduction), a member of the NHMRC Peer Review Advisory Panel for the Research Fellowship Committee and Board Member and Chair of the ANZCCART Council. She has been a member of the International Study Group of the Fetal Origins of Adult Disease now constituted as DOHAD, is a fellow of the Perinatal Research Society, USA and was awarded the McCance Medal by The Neonatal Society Section of the Royal Society for Medicine, UK. Professor Owens research has been published in over 160 research articles and reviews and has helped define the pathophysiology of placental restriction of fetal growth, demonstrated early life environmental programming of key physiological systems and metabolic health including placental programming of obesity, impaired insulin action, and diabetes. Her current work extends this to the impact of maternal diet, obesity and weight gain during pregnancy on infant and child obesity and metabolic health. Her research program is currently funded by NHMRC, NIH, the Diabetes Australia Research Trust, and other bodies. Professor Owens holds both a Ph.D. degree in Medical Biochemistry and a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.


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