Karen Moritz

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    The Univeristy of Queensland

Karen Moritz is a NH&MRC Senior Research Fellow in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland. The aim of her work is to understand how prenatal perturbations contribute to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular, renal and metabolic disease in adulthood. In particular, she had defined the effect of a sub-optimal environment in the womb on renal development. Over the last 5-7 years, her research has focused on determining how prenatal alcohol can result in “developmental programming” of adult disease. Her research has identified critical windows of susceptibility to alcohol including the period prior to implantation. In addition, her work has identified the placenta as playing a key role in the sex specific outcomes seen following maternal perturbations