Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences MMS - Northern & Western Campuses

Associate Professor Joanne Said

Associate Professor Joanne Said

Associate Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine

MBBS, FRANZCOG, CMFM, Pgrad Dip Epid, PhD

Phone: 03 8345 0623
Alternate Phone: 03 8395 8103
Office: WCHRE Building; Level 3; Sunshine Hospital
Email: jsaid@unimelb.edu.au


Area of Expertise
Social epidemiology; social determinants of musculoskeletal disease status; biopsychosocial and environmental risk factors for osteoporosis or osteoarthritis onset and progression; barriers and enablers to the utilisation of health services including treatment adherence; multilevel modelling; psychosocial theories; social patterning and clustering of musculoskeletal diseases; citizen engagement in health and social policy debate

Personal Mission: To deliver the best quality care to pregnant women using the available evidence while striving to improve pregnancy outcomes through ongoing research.

A/Prof Said is a clinician researcher who trained as an obstetrician from 1997-2003, completed advanced subspecialty training in maternal-fetal medicine (the highest obstetric qualifications in Australia) in 2008 and completed a PhD in 2008. She is one of the very few obstetricians in Australia to hold both a PhD and the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) qualifications. She supervises a laboratory based research team investigating the molecular mechanisms leading to pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction as well as a clinical research team investigating the role of diagnostic tests for predicting and monitoring these disorders; and potential therapeutic interventions to prevent their development. Her current clinical roles involve development of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service at Sunshine Hospital where she provides antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care for pregnant women with pregnancy (maternal and fetal) complications. She is qualified to perform diagnostic and procedural ultrasound during pregnancy. These varied roles make her uniquely placed to translate research findings into the clinical practice of obstetrics.

Appointments:
  • Associate Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine, NorthWest Academic Centre
Affiliations
  • Society of Obstetric Medicine Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ) – Council Member
  • Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) – Victorian Branch – Council Member, Secretary
Current Grants/Projects

  • THE EPPI TRIAL: ENOXAPARIN FOR THE PREVENTION OF PRE-ECLAMPSIA AND INTRAUTERINE GROWTH RESTRICTION - A PILOT RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL ( Faculty Research Development Grant) awarded by UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND 2011 - 2014
  • Understanding the role of endogenous and pharmacologic glycosaminoglycans in preventing pre-eclampsia (Project Grants) awarded by NHMRC 2013 - 2015
  • MEASURING RNA IN MATERNAL BLOOD TO MONITOR THE WELLBEING OF GROWTH-RESTRICTED FETUSES (Project Grants) awarded by NHMRC 2012 - 2014
  • Understanding how proteoglycans in the placenta cause restriction of fetal growth (Project Grants) awarded by NHMRC 2011 - 2013

Other Projects (Pending Funding)
  • DONALD: Developmental Origins of Neonatal Atherosclerosis Linked to Diabetes
  • Bone health in First Nations peoples compared to non-First Nations peoples Collaboration: NorthWest Academic Centre, The University of Melbourne; Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences (AIMSS), The University of Melbourne; Department of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Canada

CONTRACT RESEARCH
  • FACT Study: Folic Acid Clinical Trial


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