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Director, Professor Sarah Robertson

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Professor Sarah Robertson graduated from the University of Adelaide with B.Sc. in 1983 and a Ph.D. in 1993. Most of her career has been in Adelaide after periods in Edmonton, Canada and Gothenburg, Sweden. She was an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow until her appointment to Director of the Robinson Research Institute in October 2013, after 18 years in the NHMRC fellowship scheme.

Her research focus is the immune response to conception and pregnancy, and development of immune interventions to prevent pathologies of pregnancy such as miscarriage, preeclampsia and preterm delivery. She is passionate about improving health and quality of life for children and families through ensuring health conception and pregnancy, and has partnered with industry to successfully commercialise her discovery of cytokine control of embryo development into new treatments for human reproductive medicine.

Her work is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, the Australian Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Global Alliance for Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth / Gates Foundation. Her research output includes more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and reviews in high impact journals, with 3 patent families and H-index= 43. She is a member of The NHMRC Academy, a Fellow of the Society for Reproductive Biology, and has official roles in the Society for the Study of Reproduction (USA), the International Council for Reproductive Immunology and the International Union of Immunological Societies.

She collaborates extensively with colleagues in Australia and around the world and has supervised 22 PhD students and 29 Honours students. For the period of 2008-2013 she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology and she is now a member of the Editorial Board of Reproduction and the Board of Consulting Editors of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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