Sarah Robertson

Professor Sarah Robertson is NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Research Centre for Reproductive Health, Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide AUSTRALIA. Her research focus is to define how events at the time of conception impact pregnancy and fetal development, and the health of the child after birth. In particular she studies the role of cytokines and the immune response in regulating embryo development and implantation. She has a major interest in the immune adaptation required to support healthy fetal development and prevent pathologies of pregnancy such as miscarriage, preeclampsia and preterm delivery. She has collaborated with commercial partners to successfully develop her discovery of cytokine control of embryo development into new commercial products for human reproductive medicine. Her work is funded by Project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, the Australian Research Council, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Gates Foundation. Her research outputs include more than 110 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and reviews and 3 patent families since 1991. She has official roles in the Society for the Study of Reproduction (USA), and the International Council for Reproductive Immunology. Since 2008 she has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology.