Janna Morrison

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    University of South Australia

Professor Janna Morrison is Head of the Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group in the Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia. Prof Morrison was been funded as a fellow by the Heart Foundation 2004-13 and is currently a NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2014-17). Her current research focusses on how the fetal cardiovascular system responds to changes in nutrient supply before conception and during pregnancy. Initial work focused on understanding how the small baby maintains its’ blood pressure in utero and if these mechanisms might lead to an increased risk of hypertension in adult life. With the aid of an American Physiological Society Career Enhancement Award, she began interrogating the effects of being small on heart development. More recently, she has looked at the other end o the spectrum, the effects of maternal obesity on heart development. After completing her PhD at the University of British Columbia, Janna held postdoctoral positions at University of Toronto and the University of Adelaide before joining the Sansom Institute for Health Research in 2006. Among her numerous awards and achievements, Janna received a South Australian Tall Poppy Science Award (2006) in recognition of her work examining the link between low birth weight and heart disease in adulthood.