PROF Shaun Brennecke

PROF Shaun Brennecke


  • Maternal-fetal medicine. Human pregnancy. (Pre-eclampsia. Preterm labour. Fetal welfare. Fetal growth restriction. Miscarriage. Perinatal mortality and morbidity.)



  • Prof Brennecke is the University of Melbourne Dunbar Hooper Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is also the Director of the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a Team Leader within the Maternity Service and Head of the Pregnancy Research Centre at the Hospital. Prof Brennecke’s research interests focus on Maternal-Fetal Medicine, especially preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, placental function, preterm labour, reproductive tissue stem cells, miscarriage, the endocrinology of human pregnancy and parturition, the assessment of fetal welfare, and factors influencing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. To date, he has published over 260 research papers on these topics. (See His h-index is 47 (source: Google Scholar), and his RG score is 46.64 (>97.5%’ile) (source: ResearchGate).    


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2018-2020, NHMRC APP1145585; CID, Prediction and prevention of spontaneous birth: an individual participant data meta-analysis using prognostic and therapeutic data. 2018-2020, NHMRC APP1145585; CIG, Can esomeprazole improve outcomes in women at high risk of pre-eclampsia? A Phase II placebo-controlled randomised, multi-centre clinical trial. 2017-2019, NHMRC APP1127100; CIB, Failure-to-progress in human labour results from a profound electrical negativity of the uterine cells; targeting the ion channels involved 2016-2020, Carmentix Pte Ltd; CIC, Development of a biomarker test for predicting preterm labour. 2012-2015, NHMRC APP1026042; CIB, Fetal lactate measurement to reduce caesarean sections during labour: A randomised trial 2013-2015, NHMRC APP1042478; CIB, Understanding uterine contractility: what can we learn from obesity? 2013-2015, NHMRC APP1053152; CIC, Identification of protein altering variants influencing preeclampsia risk 2011-2013, NHMRC APP1004952; CIE, The role of proteoglycans in contributing to placental thrombosis and fetal growth restriction 2008-2010, NHMRC 509178; CIB, Characterisation of abnormal placental stem cells in a human pregnancy disorder 2011-2012, Australian National Heart Foundation, CIB, The role of chemokines in vessel remodelling during early human pregnancy 2011-2013, ARC Linkage Project; AI, Detection and Quantification of General Fetal Movements from Accelerometer    


Education and training

  • BMedSc, Adelaide University
  • DPhil, University of Oxford
  • MBBS, Adelaide University
  • BMedSc (Hons), Adelaide University
  • DPhil (Oxon), University of Oxford
  • BA, Adelaide University

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Prof Brennecke has successfully supervised over 50 Honours, Masters and PhD students and is available to supervise suitably qualified students in clinical and laboratory projects related to his maternal-fetal medicine research interests.