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Professor Michael Davies
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Professor Michael Davies is an epidemiologist located within the Robinson Reserach Institute at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He co-directs the Lifecourse and Intergenerational Health Research Group.
His research focuses on the social and biological pathways to health at different points in the life course, commencing with the question of how periconceptional and pregnancy related factors alter our health trajectories. As part of this research program, he is interested in fertility decision making and the technologies that are involved in managing fertility, including questions related to the safety and effectiveness of treatments for infertility.
Awards & Achievements
Selected recent research funding
2015-19 NHMRC Centre of Research
2017 National Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant 2017
2011-14 Davies MJ. ARC Future Fellowship FT100101018 Building child health through maternal wellbeing
2005 -2009 Davies MJ. NHMRC: 349548:
Moore VM, Robinson JS, Davies MJ,
Warin M, Ryan P, Worsley NHMRC Strategic Award A Healthy Start to Life for All
NHMRC Program Grant 453556
NHMRC Strategic Award 465455 A Healthy Start to Life for All Australians. Davies MJ, Moore VM, Robinson JS,
Phillips D, Norman R, DeStavola B
2007-2008 National Heart Foundation ID: G 06A 2481
2014 HeartKids, Australia Davies MJ. Use of infertility drugs and the risk of congenital heart defects.
Journal publications since 2010
1. Davies MJ, Rumbold AR, Moore VM Assisted reproductive technologies: A hierarchy of risks for conception, pregnancy outcomes, and treatment decisions. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2017 Accepted 02 Feb 2017.
2. Perinatal outcomes among young Indigenous Australian mothers: a cross-sectional study. Steenkamp M; Boyle J; Kildea S, Moore V Davies M; Rumbold A. Birth Accepted Jan 11 2017.
3. Adams DH, Clark RA, Davies MJ, DeLacey S. A meta-analysis of sperm donation offspring health outcomes. J Dev Orig Health Dis 2017;8(1):44-55.
5. Davies MJ, Rumbold AR, Mario JL, Willson KJ, Giles LC, Whitrow MJ, Scheil WK, Moran LJ, Thompson JG, Lane M, Moore VM. Maternal factors and the risk of birth defects after IVF and ICSI. BJOG, 2016 Oct 17. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14365.
6. Davies MJ, Rumbold AR, Whitrow MJ, Willson KJ, Scheil WK, Mol BW, Moore VM. Spontaneous loss of a co-twin and the risk of birth defects after assisted conception. Journal of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 2016 · DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S2040174416000301 Published online: 04 July 2016.
7. Moran LJ, Spencer L, Russell DL, Hull ML, Robertson SA, Varcoe TJ, Davies MJ, Brown HM, Rodgers RJ. Research priorities for fertility and conception research as identified by multidisciplinary health care practitioners and researchers. Nutrients 2016; 8(1):35. doi:10.3390/nu8010035.
8. Whitrow M, Moran L, Davies M, Collins C, Burrows T, Edwards S, Moore V. Core food intakes of Australian children, 9-10 years: nutrients, daily serves and quality in a community cross-sectional sample. Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics 2016 Aug;29(4):449-57. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12358.
9. Adams DH, Clark RA, Davies MJ, de Lacey S. A meta-analysis of neonatal health outcomes from oocyte donation. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2015;1-16. doi:10.1017/S2040174415007898. Giles LC, Whitrow MJ, Davies MJ, Davies CE, Rumbold AR, Moore VM.
10. Growth trajectories in early childhood, their relationship with antenatal and postnatal factors, and development of obesity by age 9 years: results from an Australian birth cohort study. Int J Obes. 2015; 39(7):1049-56.
11. Moran LJ, March WA, Whitrow MJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ, Moore VM . Sleep disturbances in a community-based sample of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Hum Reprod. 2015; 30(2):466-72.
12. Maftei, O, Whitrow MJ, Davies MJ, Giles LC, Owens JA, Moore VM. Maternal body size prior to pregnancy, gestational diabetes and weight gain. Diabetic Medicine 2015; 32(2):174-80
13. Warin M, Moore VM, Davies MJ Ulijaszek S. Epigenetics, Obesity science and New Material Feminisms: Biohabitus and transmission. Body & Society. Accepted August 8 2014.
14. Fernandez RC, Peters S, Carey R, Davies MJ, Fritschi L. Assessment of exposure to shiftwork mechanisms in the general population: the development of a new job-exposure matrix. Occupational and Environmental Medicine
15. Altered glucose metabolism in mouse and humans conceived by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) Chen M, Wu L, Zhao J, Wu F, Davies M, Wittert G, Norman R, Robker R, Heilbronn L. Diabetes Aril 23 1014.
16. Marino JL, Moore VM, Willson KJ, Rumbold AR, Whitrow MJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ. Perinatal outcomes by mode of assisted conception and sub-fertility in an Australian data linkage cohort. PLOSOne January 08, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080398
17. Grzeskowiak LE, Dekker G, Rivers K, Roberts-Thomson K, Roy A, Smith B, Bowden J, Bryce R, Davies MJ, Beilby J, Wilson A, Middleton P, Ruffin R, Karnon J, Clifton VL. A randomized controlled trial to assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of a nurse-led Antenatal Asthma Management Service in South Australia (AAMS study) BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14:9
18. Steele EJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ, Moore VM Is precarious employment associated with women remaining childless until age 35 years? Results from an Australian birth cohort study. Human Reproduction November 19, 2013 doi:10.1093/humrep/det407
19. Davies MJ. Mental disorders in children conceived after fertility treatment BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5257 (Published28 August 2013)
20. Whitrow MJ, Davies MJ, Giles LC, De Stavola BL, Owens JA, Maftei O, Moore VM. Effects of birth size, post-natal growth and current size on insulin resistance in 9-year-old children: a prospective cohort study. Eur J Pediatr. 2013 Sep;172(9):1207-14
21. Giles LC, Whitrow MJ, Rumbold AR, Davies CE, de Stavola B, Pitcher JB, Davies MJ, Moore VM. Growth in early life and the development of obesity by age 9 years: are there critical periods and a role for an early life stressor? International Journal of Obesity 2013 Apr;37(4):513-9.
22. Davies MJ. Infertility treatment at the edge: Discovery and risk converge at the limits of knowledge. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2013 Feb;98(2):89-90.
23. Lim SS , Norman RJ, Davies MJ, Moran LJ. The effect of obesity on polycystic ovary syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2013 Feb;14(2):95-109.
24. Lim SS, Norman RJ, Davies MJ, Moran LJ. Overweight, obesity and central obesity in PCOS women: A systematic review and meta-analysis Human Reproduction Updates 2012 Nov;18(6):618-37.
25. Davies MJ, Haan EA. Reproductive technologies: the alchemy of life. Medical Journal of Australia 2012; 197 (5): 276-277.
26. Champion SL, Rumbold AR, Steele EJ, Giles LC, Davies MJ, Moore VM. Parental work schedules and child overweight and obesity. Int J Obesity 2012 Apr;36(4):573-80
27. Rumbold AR, Giles LC, Steele EJ, Davies CE, Davies MJ, Moore VM. The effects of house moves during infancy and early childhood on child behaviour at age 9.5 years: an Australian prospective birth cohort study. BMC Public Health, 2012, 12:583
28. Davies MJ, March WA, Willson KJ, Giles, LC, Moore VM. Weight and thinness at birth independently predict symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in adulthood: a retrospective birth cohort study Human Reproduction; 2012 May;27(5):1475-80. Epub 2012 Feb 28
29. Davies MJ, Moore VM, Willson K, Van Essen P, Priest K, Scott H, Haan EA, Chan A. The risk of birth defects by reproductive technologies within a population cohort New England Journal of Medicine, 2012 May 5; 366:1803-13. Listed in Faculty of 1000, May 2012
30. Davies MJ, Marino J, Willson KJ, March WA, Moore VM. Intergenerational associations of chronic disease and polycystic ovary syndrome. PLoS One 2011;6(10):e25947. Epub 2011 Oct 4.
31. Steele E, Giles L, Davies MJ, Moore VM. The Life Journeys of Young Women Project: Objectives, Design, and Recruitment. Am J Epidemiol. 2011;174(1):72–80
32. Whitrow MJ, Willson KJ, Moore, VM, Davies MJ. Waist-to-height ratio is not a predictor of systolic blood pressure in 3 year old children. Pediatrics, 2011 Sep;159(3):501-3.
33. Giles LC, Davies MJ, Whitrow MJ, Rumbold AR, Lynch JW, Sawyer MG, Moore VM. Structured regression analyses of life course processes: An example exploring how maternal depression in early childhood affects children’s subsequent internalizing behaviour Annals of Epidemiology 2011 Sep;21(9):654-9.
34. Steele E, Giles L, Davies MJ, Moore VM. The Life Journeys of Young Women Project: Objectives, Design and Recruitment Results. American Journal of Epidemiology 2011; 174, 72-80. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwr047
35. Warin M, Moore VM, Zivkovic T, Davies MJ. Telescoping the origins of obesity to women’s bodies: How gender inequalities are being squeezed out of Barker’s hypothesis. Annals of Human Biology 2011 Jul;38(4):453-60.
36. Warin M, Zivkovic T, Moore VM, Davies MJ. Mothers as smoking guns: foetal overnutrition and the reproduction of obesity. Feminism and Psychology. Feminism & Psychology Volume 22 Issue 3, August 2012.
37. Giles LC Moore VM, Whitrow MJ, Warin MJ, Davies MJ. Maternal depressive symptoms during toddlerhood and child behaviour at age 5½ years: Results from an Australian prospective birth cohort study. 2011 Jul;128(1):e78-84. Epub 2011 Jun 13.
38. Marino J, Moore VM, Rumbold A, Davies MJ. Fertility treatments and the young women who use them: an Australian cohort study. Human Reproduction 2011, 26(2):473-9.
39. Davies MJ. Commentary: Early lessons in life: maternal education and fetal growth. International Journal of Epidemiology 2010; doi: 10.1093/ije/dyq107
40. Giles LC, Glonek GFV, Moore VM, Davies MJ, Luszcz MA. Lower age at menarche affects survival in older Australian women: Results from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing BMC Public Health BMC Public Health 2010, 10:341doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-341
41. MAGESTIC (McLernon DJ, Harrild K, Bergh C, Davies MJ, de Neubourg D, Dumoulin JCM, Gerris J, Kremer JAM, Martikainen H, Mol BW, Norman RJ, Thurin Kjellberg A, Tiitinen A, van Montfoort APA, Van Peperstraten A, Van Royen E, Bhattacharya S) Clinical effectiveness of elective single versus double embryo transfer: results from an individual patient data meta-analysis of randomised trials. BMJ 2010 Dec 21;341:c6945. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c6945
42. Zivkovic T, Warin M, Davies MJ, Moore VM. In the Name of the Child: The Gendered Politics of Childhood Obesity. Journal of Sociology Journal of Sociology 2010; 46(4)
43. Clifton VL, Davies MJ, Moore VM, Wright IM, Ali Z, Hodyl NA. Developmental perturbation induced by maternal asthma during pregnancy: the short- and long-term impacts on offspring. Journal of pregnancy.;2012:741613. doi: 10.1155/2012/741613. Epub 2012
Selected earlier publications
32. Critical period, accumulation and social mobility hypotheses: Using a regression framework to explore mothers’ partner status in early childhood and externalizing behaviours of children at 5½ years. Giles LC, Moore VM, Whitrow MJ, Sawyer MG, Lynch JW, Davies MJ. Australasian Epidemiologist 16:325-29 Dec 2009
Effect of supplemental folic acid in
pregnancy on childhood asthma: a prospective birth cohort study. Whitrow MJ,
Moore VM, Rumbold AR, Davies MJ.
American Journal of Epidemiology 2009;170(12) 1486-1493.
The prevalence of polycystic ovary
syndrome in a community sample assessed under contrasting diagnostic criteria. March
WA, Moore VM, Willson KJ, Phillips DIW, Norman RJ, Davies MJ. Human Reproduction 2010;2:1:544-551.
35. Mahajan NN, Turnbull DA, Davies MJ, Jindall UN, Briggs NE, Taplin JE. Changes in Affect and State Anxiety across an IVF/ICSI cycle: The role of Biomedical and Sociodemographic Factors. Fertility Sterility (Feb 23 Epub ahead of print)
36. Warin M, Turner K, Moore VM, Davies MJ. Bodies, mothers and identities: rethinking obesity and BMI. Sociology of Health & Illness 2008, 30(197-111).
37. Factors and perceptions that influence women’s decisions to have a Single Embryo Transferred. de Lacey S, Davies MJ, Homan G, Briggs N, Norman RJ. Reproductive Biomedicine Online www.rbmonline.com/Article/3045 on web 26 September 2007
38. Nohr EA, Bech BH, Davies MJ, Frydenberg M, Henriksen TB, Olsen J. Prepregnancy obesity and fetal death: A study within the Danish National Birth Cohort. Obstet Gynecol 2005 Aug;106(2):250-259.
39. Moore VM, Davies MJ, Willson KJ, Worsley A, Robinson JS. Dietary composition of pregnant women is related to size of the baby at birth. Journal of Nutrition 2004 Jul;134(7):1820-1826.
40. Norman RJ, Noakes M, Wu R, Davies MJ, Moran L, Wang JX. Improving reproductive performance in overweight/obese women with effective weight management. Human Reproduction Update 2004;10(3):267-280.
41. Wang JX, Davies MJ, Norman RJ. Obesity increases the risk of spontaneous abortion during infertility treatment. Obesity Research 2002;10:551-554.
42. Moore VM, Davies MJ. Nutrition before birth, programming, and the perpetuation of social inequalities in health. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2002;11 Suppl 3:S529-536.
43. Moore VM, Davies MJ. Early life influences on later health: the role of nutrition. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2001;10(2):113-117.
44. Wang JX, Davies MJ, Norman RJ. Body mass and probability of pregnancy during assisted reproduction treatment: retrospective study. British Medical Journal 2000;321:1320-1321.
45. Slade GD, Spencer AJ, Davies MJ, Stewart JF. The influence of exposure to fluoridated water on socio-economic inequalities in children's caries experience. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 1996;24:89-100.
46. Davies MJ, Spencer AJ, Westwater A, Simmons B. Dental caries experience in Aboriginal, non‑Aboriginal Australian born and overseas born children. WHO Bulletin 1997;75:197-203.
47. Sedgwick AW, Thomas DW, Davies MJ. Relationships in men and women between change in aerobic fitness and changes in blood pressure and plasma lipids: The “Adelaide 1000”, a four year follow-up. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 1993;46:141-151.
48. Owen N, Davies MJ. Preferences for smoking cessation services: Results of a population survey. Preventive Medicine 1990;19:424-431.
49. Sedgwick AW, Thomas DW, Davies MJ, Baghurst KI. Relationship between weight change and blood lipids in men and women: The Adelaide 1000. International Journal of Obesity 1990;14:439-450.
50. Davies MJ, Norman RJ. Programming and reproductive functioning. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism 2002;13(9):386-392.
51. Davies MJ. Programming: The twin perspective. Reproduction Fertility and Development 2005;17(3):379-386.
52. Davies MJ. Evidence for effects of weight on reproduction in women. Reproductive BioMedicine Online 2006 May;12(5):552-61.
53. Moore VM, Davies MJ. Diet during pregnancy, neonatal outcomes and later health. Reproduction Fertility and Development 2005;17(3):341-348
54. Kind KL, Moore VM, Davies MJ. Diet around conception and during pregnancy – fetal and neonatal outcomes. Reproductive BioMedicine Online 2006 May;12(5):532-41.
55. Homen GE, Davies MJ, Norman RJ. The impact of lifestyle factors on reproductive performance in the general population and those undergoing infertility treatment: a review. Hum Reprod Update. 2007, 13(3)209-23
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) publications and reports
The following are official publications of the AIHW which form authoritative reference texts for clinical and policy use nationally and internationally.
Named contributor, peer reviewed:
56. Australia’s Health, 1992. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Canberra: AGPS; 1992. ISSN 1032-6138 Initial print run 4,500
57. Australia’s Health, 1994. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Canberra: AGPS; 1994. ISSN 1032-6138 Initial print run 4,500
58. Australia’s Health, 1996. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Canberra: AGPS; 1996. ISSN 1032-6138 Initial print run 4,500, plus 25,600 html downloaded copies as of Jan 2009
Australian Commonwealth Government consultancy reports
59. Spencer AJ and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Dental Statistics and Research Unit. Policy directions for dental care for Australian adults. AIHW; 1993.
60. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Dental Statistics and Research Unit and Social and Preventive Dentistry, The University of Adelaide. A Research Database on Dental Care in Australia, Interim Report. AIHW; 1993.
61. Allister J, Brennan D, Davies M, Hoskin G, Robert-Thomson K, Spencer J, Slade G, Stewart J, Szuster F. A Research Database on Dental Care in Australia, Final Report. AIHW; 1993.
62. Carter K, Stewart J, Davies MJ, Szuster FSP, Allister J, Slade G, Spencer AJ. National dental telephone interview survey, 1994. AIHW; 1994.
63. Brennan D, Slade GD, Davies MJ, Spencer AJ. Adult dental programs survey (cross sectional), 1994. AIHW; 1994.
64. Allister J, Brennan DS, Carter KD, Davies MJ, Slade GD, Spencer AJ, Stewart JF, Szuster FSP, Thomson WM. Commonwealth Dental Health Program Baseline Evaluation Report 1994. AIHW; 1995.
65. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Dental Statistics and Research Unit. Commonwealth Dental Health Program Research Report 1. AIHW; 1995.
66. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Dental Statistics and Research Unit. Commonwealth Dental Health Program Research Report 2. AIHW; 1995.
67. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Dental Statistics and Research Unit. Commonwealth Dental Health Program Research Report 3. AIHW; 1995.
NHMRC consultancy report
68. Report to the National Health & Medical Research Council on the Adequacy of Supply of Excess ART Embryos for Research in Australia, March 2003. de Lacey S, Davies MJ, Norman RJ. Tender RTF 38/0203..
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