Emeritus Professor Jeffrey Robinson CBE
The Robinson Institute is named after E/Prof Jeffrey Robinson CBE, BSc, MB BCh BAO, FRANZCOG, FRCOG.
Prof Robinson was born in Northern Ireland, graduated from Queen's University, Belfast in 1967 and, after establishing a research career at the University of Oxford, was appointed Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Newcastle in 1980. He was then appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide in 1986 following the retirement of Prof Lloyd Cox and served as Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology until 2006.
During this time Prof Robinson was integral in developing and promoting the University of Adelaide's outstanding reputation for excellence in research in obstetrics, gynaecology, and reproductive medicine and biology.
Prof Robinson's research examines the control of fetal and placental growth and development, with his focus on the effects of placental restriction, insulin-like growth factors and nutrition on fetal growth. He is also interested in how events before birth may predispose the individual to common adult diseases such as high blood pressure.
In addition, he has conducted clinical studies including trials relating to mild gestational diabetes, induction of labour, and repeat dose corticosteroids before anticipated preterm. The outcomes of some of these studies have already been incorporated into national and international clinical guidelines, and have improved clinical practice and consequently health outcomes.
Although retired from clinical medicine, Professor Robinson continues to participate in many research activities. Prof Robinson is internationally renowned and has published extensively in the area of fetal-maternal physiology. He has also enjoyed a distinguished career, receiving numerous awards including a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 and the Women's Hospitals Association Medal of Distinction.
An Honorary Life Member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, Prof Robinson has also served as the president of the Federation of Australian, Asian and Oceania Perinatal Societies. He was one of the first four to be made an honorary life member of PSANZ and is an honorary fellow of FAOPS.