Fiona joined the Translational Obstetrics Group at The Mercy Hospital for Women in 2013 as a senior Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainee. Her chosen research field was preeclampsia, and she was fortunate enough to be placed within the sub-team led by Dr Kaitu’u-Lino. As part of her PhD research, she has identified a number of medications in the laboratory that show promise as treatments for preeclampsia, such as metformin.
Fiona has presented her research findings across Australia and internationally – San Francisco, Florence, and New Orleans. She has received many national and international awards for her work and Fiona has published a number of important papers that have generated much interest in the field.
Fiona studied medicine at The University of Adelaide. It was during her obstetrics and gynaecology rotation that she developed a passion for the specialty and for research. Whilst working as a trainee obstetrician at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne she realized that there were few medical treatments for obstetric diseases. This sparked her interest in medical science and the development of medical treatments for obstetric conditions.
Now a qualified obstetrician and gynaecologist, Fiona will commence subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in 2017. As a Mercy Perinatal Research Fellow, Fiona also plans to also continue working as a clinician-scientist – working within TOG to help the team develop further medical treatments in the laboratory as well as setting up clinical trials in order to translate promising findings into the clinic.