Shaun Brennecke

Director, Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Head of its Pregnancy Research Centre

Professor Shaun Brennecke, MB BS, BA, BMedSci(Hons), DPhil(Oxon), FRANZCOG

Professor Brennecke graduated in 1978 from the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. In 1984 he received a DPhil degree from Oxford University, England, for studies on the control of prostaglandins in the perinatal period. In 1989 he was awarded Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

His first academic appointment was as Senior Lecturer in the Monash University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Victoria from 1986 to 1991. In 1992 he was appointed the University of Melbourne's inaugural Professor/Director of Perinatal Medicine, based at the Royal Women's Hospital in Carlton, Victoria. In 1999 he took up the University of Melbourne Dunbar Hooper Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Women's Hospital. He is also Head of the Pregnancy Research Centre at the Hospital and an Obstetric Team Leader within the Maternity Care clinical service of the Hospital.

Professor Brennecke's clinical and research interests focus on aspects of Maternal Fetal Medicine, especially pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, preterm labour, placental function, the endocrinology of human pregnancy and parturition, the assessment of fetal welfare, miscarriage and factors influencing perinatal morbidity and mortality. He has published over 250 clinical and research papers on these topics.

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