About Us

Research team

The project is supported by a large team of researchers experienced in pregnancy research and child neurodevelopment. They are:

  • Prof Jane Halliday - NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute 
  • Prof Peter Anderson - NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences 
  • Prof Elizabeth Elliott - Consultant Paediatrician, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney
  • Prof Tony Penington - Jigsaw Foundation Chair, Dept of Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • A/Prof Deanne Thompson - Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Ms Evi Muggli - Senior Research Officer, Public Health Genetics, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • A/Prof Alicia Spittle -  Senior Reesarch Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Prof Della Forster - Research Fellow, Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University
  • Dr Sharon Lewis - Senior Research Officer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Mr Stephen Hearps -  Senior Research Officer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute 
  • Dr Colleen O'Leary - NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth
  • A/Prof Susan Donath - Research Fellow, Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Dr Cate Nagle- Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing & Behaviour, Deakin University, Geelong
  • A/Prof Jeff Craig - Group Leader, Developmental Epigenetics, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Dr Justine Ellis - Research Fellow, Environmental & Genetic Epidemiology Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Dr Susan White - Clinical Geneticist, Genetic Health Services Victoria, Melbourne
  • Dr Richard Saffery - Group Leader, Cancer & Disease Epigenetics, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
 

Project Funding

  • This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for five years (2011-2014 and 2018-2021).
  • The AQUA study alcohol consumption questions were developed with funding from VicHealth.
  • The McCusker Charitable Foundation funded the on-call system in 2012 for specialist midwives to collect over 200 AQUA study birth samples.
  • The Jack Brockhoff  and Financial Markets for Children Foundations funded aspects of the epigenetic analyses.

Project Partners

The AQUA project is being conducted by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in collaboration with the Royal Children's Hospital, Curtin University, La Trobe University, Deakin University and The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

A number of major Victorian maternity hospitals have also partnered with the AQUA study, including:

Project Volunteers

The AQUA project has been supported by the volunteer service at The Royal Children's Hospital, who have provided valued practical assistance.