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Evi Muggli is a Senior Research Officer at MCRI and Honorary Research Fellow with the Dept of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. She has a background in medical science & cell biology, now with 15 years’ experience in epidemiological research and project management.
She has managed the Alcohol in Pregnancy project since its pilot phase in 2009, which at the time involved a comprehensive assessment of the literature and focus groups with pregnant women to develop a set of questions to accurately and sensitively assess alcohol use in pregnancy. As one of the investigators of the NHMRC-funded ‘Asking Questions about Alcohol in Pregnancy (AQUA)’ cohort study, research into the effects of alcohol use in pregnancy has become her primary research focus since 2011.
Evi has extensive project management experience with a rigorous approach to epidemiological methodology and analysis. She regularly contributes to working groups in the field of alcohol use in pregnancy, and provides advice to researchers and health services on data collection methods for maternal alcohol use.
Evi was the editor of the Australasian Epidemiologist from 2007 to 2008 and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the quarterly journal published by Down Syndrome Victoria from 2007 to 2013. She supervises Master students through the Melbourne University Department of Paediatrics.
Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
Evi Muggli's main research interests are in reproductive epidemiology and childhood disability. She undertakes research into:
- Pregnancy alcohol exposure and its impact on health and wellbeing on infants and children;
- Cohort methodologies, including questionnaire development and recruitment and retention;
- Feasibility of whole-of-population data collections to increase understanding of health and wellbeing in young people with developmental disabilities.
- Asking Questions about Alcohol in pregnancy (AQUA): a longitudinal cohort study of fetal effects of low to moderate alcohol exposure
- AQUA at 6: AQUA Study Early School Years Follow-up
- National Data Collection on Alcohol in Pregnancy: A qualitative study
Muggli E, Curd H, Nagle C, Forster D, Halliday J. Engaging pregnant women in observational research: a qualitative exploratory study. Muggli E, Curd H, Nagle C, Forster D, Halliday J. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2018 18:334
Loke YJ, Muggli E, Nguyen L, Ryan J, Saffery R, Elliott EJ, Halliday J, Craig JM.Time- and sex-dependent associations between prenatal alcohol exposure and placental global DNA methylation. Epigenomics. 2018 Jul;10:981-991.
Muggli E, Matthews H, Penington T, Claes P, O'Leary C, Donath S, Forster D, Anderson P, Lewis S, Nagle C, Craig J, White S, Elliott E, Halliday J. Association Between Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Craniofacial Shape of Children at 12 Months of Age. JAMA Pediatrics, 2017;171:771.
Halliday JL, Muggli E, Lewis S, Elliott EJ, Amor DJ, O'Leary C, Donath S, Forster D, Nagle C, Craig JM, Anderson PJ. Alcohol consumption in a general antenatal population and child neurodevelopment at 2 years. JECH 2017, 71:990.
Muggli E, O'Leary C, Donath S, Orsini F, Forster D, Anderson P, Lewis S, Nagle C, Craig J, Elliott E, and Halliday J. "Did you ever drink more?" A detailed description of pregnant women's drinking patterns. BMC Public Health, 2016:16:683.
Livock M, Anderson P, Lewis S, Bowden S, Muggli E and Halliday J. Maternal micronutrient consumption peri-conceptionally and during pregnancy: a prospective cohort study. Public Health Nutrition. 2017 20:294.
Matthews H, Penington T, Saey I, Halliday J, Muggli E, and Claes P. Spatially dense morphometrics of craniofacial sexual dimorphism in 1-year-olds J Anatomy. 2016 229:549-59.
Hui L, Muggli, EE and Halliday, JL. (2016) Population-based trends in prenatal screening and diagnosis for aneuploidy: a retrospective analysis of 38years of state-wide data BJOG. 2016 123:90
Muggli E, Cook B, O'Leary C, Forster D, and Halliday J. Increasing accurate self-report in surveys of pregnancy alcohol use. Midwifery, 2015:e23-8.
Muggli E, O'Leary C, Forster D, Anderson P, Lewis S, Nagle C, Craig J, Donath S, Elliott E, and Halliday J. Study Protocol: Asking questions about alcohol in pregnancy (AQUA): A longitudinal study of fetal effects of low to moderate alcohol exposure. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 14:302
Jaques AM, Collins VR, Muggli EE, Amor DJ, Francis I, Sheffield LJ and Halliday JL. Uptake of prenatal diagnostic testing and the effectiveness of prenatal screening for Down syndrome. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2010 30:522.
Susman MR, Amor DJ, Muggli E, Jaques AM and Halliday J. Using population-based data to predict the impact of introducing non-invasive prenatal diagnosis for Down syndrome. Genetics in Medicine. 2010 12:298.
Muggli EE, Collins VR and Marraffa C. Going down a different road: first support and information needs of families with a baby with Down syndrome. Medical Journal of Australia. 2009 190:58.
Halliday J, Collins V, Riley M, Youssef D and Muggli E. Has prenatal screening influenced the prevalence of co-morbidities associated with Down syndrome and subsequent survival rates? Pediatrics. 2009 123;256.
Collins VR, Muggli EE, Riley M, Palma S and Halliday JL (2008) Is Down syndrome a disappearing birth defect? Journal of Pediatrics. 2008152:20.
Muggli EE and Halliday JL. Folic acid and risk of twinning: A systematic review. Medical Journal of Australia. 2007 186:243.
Muggli E, Paul J and Halliday J (2016) National data collection on alcohol use in pregnancy: A qualitative study. Commissioned by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute [not publicly available].
Muggli E and Goulding K (2011) D3 – The Victorian Developmental Disability Database: From concept to reality. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Victorian Government Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Melbourne [not publicly available].
Muggli E, Cook, B, O'Leary C, Forster, D and Halliday J (2010) Alcohol in pregnancy: What questions should we be asking? Report to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Melbourne.
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- Financial Markets Foundation for Children