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Centre Head: Professor Stuart Hooper

The Ritchie Centre at Hudson Institute of Medical Research is the principal research centre of the Monash University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Department of Paediatrics at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, and the principal research partner of Monash Children’s Hospital and Monash Women’s Services at Monash Health.

The Centre aims to improve the health of women and children through innovative research that informs better healthcare. The Ritchie Centre has over 150 research staff and students, including fetal physiologists, immunologists, stem cell biologists, neonatologists, paediatricians, obstetricians, gynaecologists, and radiologists.

Research at The Ritchie Centre

We have four research themes in the centre:

  • Women’s Health
  • Fetal and Neonatal Health
  • Infant and Child Health
  • Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine


Where we are
The Centre is located at Monash Medical Centre and has translational research partnerships with Victoria’s largest health service, Monash Health, through Monash Women’s Hospital, Monash Children’s Hospital, Monash Newborn, and The Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre. Through the Southern Clinical School our staff provide teaching to undergraduate medical, biomedical science and science students and to postgraduate clinical trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology and neonatology.

Being a student at The Ritchie Centre
We are delighted to welcome research students to undertake an Honours project or a PhD in research in any of our four themes. The Hudson Institute Postgraduate Student Committee supports all higher degree students at the Institute, coordinating annual reviews and presentations. The Ritchie Centre provides funding support for PhD students to present their research at national and international conferences.

Student Research Projects at The Ritchie Centre
Hudson Institute Student Projects 2017

Keep in touch
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Related Links:
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University
School of Clinical Sciences, Department of Paediatrics, Monash University

Research Groups:

Head:                                                         Research Group:

Dr Rebecca Lim Amnion Cell Biology
A/Prof Philip Berger Respiratory Control
A/Prof Caroline Gargett Endometrial Stem Cells
Prof Stuart Hooper Fetal and Neonatal Health
Prof Rosemary Horne Infant and Child Health
Prof Graham Jenkin Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine
Dr Suzanne Miller Neurodevelopment and Neuroprotection
A/Prof Tim Moss Perinatal Inflammation
Dr Graeme Polglase Perinatal Transition
Dr Hayley Dickinson Embryology and Placental Biology
A/Prof Marcel Nold Interventional Immunology in Neonatal Diseases
Prof Euan Wallace Maternal and Perinatal Medicine


Cell Care supports research at The Ritchie Centre, where scientists are investigating the underlying causes of newborn brain injury – which predominantly occurs either during pregnancy or at the time of birth. Their aim is to develop safe and effective therapies to prevent or repair brain injury, thereby reducing the incidence of cerebral palsy.