Professor Vicki Clifton

Honorary Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine


Professor Vicki Clifton is a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow who is currently a Professorial Research Fellow with the Mothers and Babies Theme at Mater Medical Research Institute leading the Pregnancy and Development team. Vicki was employed at the Robinson Research Institute, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health at the University of Adelaide from January 2008 to April 2015 after many years at the Mothers and Babies Research Centre in Newcastle, Australia. While at the Robinson Research Institute she was Director of Clinical Research at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide, Australia (2009-2014) and leader of the Allergy Research Priority. Prof Clifton has a background in reproductive endocrinology and her research has examined aspects of placental function which has evolved into an investigation of those factors that program fetal development and neonatal adaptation. She is internationally recognized for her research into the human placenta and is currently Editor of the Placenta Journal (2012-present).

Her current research focusses on the impact of maternal asthma and other health complications during pregnancy on placental function, fetal growth and childhood development. She has a specific interest in the sex specific differences in the fetal-placental response to a complication of pregnancy understanding the different strategies male and female fetuses institute to cope with an adverse event in pregnancy and how this ensures their survival in early life.


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Petraglia, F.elice, Orlandini, Cinzia, Vannuccini, Sylvia and Clifton, Vicki L. (2015). PCOS and pregnancy: Impact of endocrine and metabolic factors. P0220. In Enrico Ferrazzi and Barry Sears (Ed.), Metabolic syndrome and complications of pregnancy: The potential preventive role of nutrition (pp. 99-102) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-16853-1_7

  • Carson, Kristin V., Robertson, Thomas A., Brinn, Malcolm P., Clifton, Vicki L., Esterman, Adrian J., Peters, Matthew and Smith, Brian J. (2013). Tobacco use, cessation and prevention for indigenous populations: review of current evidence and future perspectives. In Owen T. Jackson and Kathleen A. Evans (Ed.), Health disparities : epidemiology, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic risk factors and strategies for elimination (pp. 1-37) New York, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Wright, Ian M. R., Stark, Michael J. and Clifton, Vicki L. (2012). Assessment of the microcirculation in the neonate. In Hemodynamics and Cardiology (pp. 215-234) Philadelphia, PA United States: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-1-4377-2763-0.00011-1

  • Clifton, Vicki L., Smith, Brian, Roy, Anil, Osei-Kumah, Annette, Hodyl, Nicolette, Stark, Michael J., Parange, Nayana and Saif, Zarqa (2012). Asthma during pregnancy. In Riccardo Polosa, Gabriella Papale and Stephen T. Holgate (Ed.), Advances in asthma management (pp. 105-113) London, United Kingdom: Future Medicine. doi:10.2217/EBO.11.61

  • Smith, Roger, Mesiano, Sam, Nicholson, Richard, Clifton, Vicki, Zakar, Tamas, Chan, Eng-Cheng, Bisits, Andrew and Giles, Warwick (2005). The regulation of human parturition. In Birth, Distress and Disease: Placental-Brain Interactions (pp. 74-87) : Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511545658.004

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor