Hayley Dickinson


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Dr Dickinson leads the Embryology and Placental Biology Group in the Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research as an NHMRC Career Development Research Fellow.

Hayley is passionate about optimizing the health of babies, to give them the best possible start in life. She is a supporter of the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis, that suggests that our life-long health is largely determined by events that occur before we are born, and that the key to solving many of our global health issues lies in educating women about the importance of appropriate nutrition and abstaining from drugs (alcohol, tobacco etc.) and other environmental stressors before conception, during pregnancy and throughout the breastfeeding period.



  • Hypoxia
  • Creatine
  • Pregnancy
  • Embryo
  • Placenta
  • Sex

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2005 2019

Creatine and pregnancy outcomes, a prospective cohort study in low-risk pregnant women: Study protocol

De Guingand, D. L., Ellery, S. J., Davies-Tuck, M. L. & Dickinson, H., 1 Jan 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 1, 6 p., e026756.

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Open Access

Evaluation of 3K3A-Activated Protein C to Treat Neonatal Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury in the Spiny Mouse

Ellery, S. J., Goss, M. G., Brew, N., Dickinson, H., Hale, N., LaRosa, D. A., Walker, D. W. & Wong, F. Y., 15 Jan 2019, In : Neurotherapeutics. 16, 1, p. 231-243 13 p.

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A missing piece: The spiny mouse and the puzzle of menstruating species

Bellofiore, N., Cousins, F., Temple-Smith, P., Dickinson, H. & Evans, J., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. 61, 1, p. R25-R41 17 p.

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Open Access

Characterization of human-like menstruation in the spiny mouse: Comparative studies with the human and induced mouse model

Bellofiore, N., Rana, S., Dickinson, H., Temple-Smith, P. & Evans, J., 1 Jan 2018, In : Human Reproduction. 33, 9, p. 1715-1726 12 p.

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Open Access

Interventions designed to reduce excessive gestational weight gain can reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Bennett, C. J., Walker, R. E., Blumfield, M. L., Gwini, S. M., Ma, J., Wang, F., Wan, Y., Dickinson, H. & Truby, H., 1 Jul 2018, In : Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 141, p. 69-79 11 p.

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