Dr Robert Galinsky, NHMRC CJ Martin ECR Fellow

Dr Robert (Rob) Galinsky’s key interests are in perinatal physiology and neuroscience. He is a recipient of the NHMRC CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship and Honorary Fellow of the Department of Physiology at The University of Auckland.

Dr Galinsky obtained his PhD from Monash University in the discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2013 where he investigated the effect of antenatal inflammation on fetal and neonatal cardiovascular and neural systems. Thereafter, Dr Galinsky spent 4 years undertaking postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Professors Alistair Gunn and Laura Bennet in New Zealand, where he co-led a research program into the detection and treatment of perinatal brain injury.  Dr Galinsky was elected co-chair of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) Early Career Researchers Committee in 2014 and has served as a co-opted board member of PSANZ ltd. and the International Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society since 2015. In 2018, Rob received the BGRF Young Researcher of Year Award for outstanding leadership in perinatal neuroscience.

Dr Galinsky’s research focuses on the pathogenesis, detection and treatment of perinatal brain injury to improve long-term outcomes after birth.

Dr Galinsky is accepting graduate students applications (Hons/Masters/PhD). He currently supervises 2 Hons students and 1 PhD student. Click here for TRC Student Project booklet.

Selected publications

  • Galinsky R, Davidson JO, Lear CA, Bennet L, Green CR, Gunn AJ (2017) Connexin hemichannel blockade improves survival of striatal GABA-ergic neurons after global cerebral ischaemia in term-equivalent fetal sheep. Sci Rep 7(1):6304.

  • Galinsky R (2017) Cerebral economics: shedding light on supply and demand in the developing brain. J Physiol 595(4):1011-1012.

  • Galinsky R, Dean JM, Lear CA, Davidson JO, Dhillon S, Wassink G, Bennet L, Gunn AJ (2017) In the Era of Therapeutic Hypothermia, How Well Do Studies of Perinatal Neuroprotection Control Temperature? Dev Neurosci 39(1-4):7-22.

  • Galinsky R, Lear CA, Yamaguchi K, Wassink G, Westgate JA, Bennet L, Gunn AJ (2016) Cholinergic and β-adrenergic control of cardiovascular reflex responses to brief repeated asphyxia in term-equivalent fetal sheep. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol ajpregu.00340.2016.

  • Galinsky R, Draghi V, Wassink G, Davidson JO, Drury PP, Lear CA, Gunn AJ, Bennet L 2017) Magnesium sulfate reduces EEG activity but is not neuroprotective after asphyxia in preterm fetal sheep. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 37(4):1362-1373. doi: 10.1177/0271678X16655548.

  • Wassink G, Davidson JO, Dhillon SK, Fraser M, Galinsky R, Bennet L, Gunn AJ (2017) Partial white and grey matter protection with prolonged infusion of recombinant human erythropoietin after asphyxia in preterm fetal sheep. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 37(3):1080-1094.

  • Galinsky R, Davidson JO, Drury PP, Wassink G, Lear CA, van den Heuij LG, Gunn AJ, Bennet L (2016) Magnesium sulphate and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular adaptations to asphyxia in preterm fetal sheep. J Physiol 594(5):1281-93.

  • Wassink G, Barrett RD, Davidson JO, Bennet L, Galinsky R, Dragunow M, Gunn AJ (2105) Hypothermic neuroprotection is associated with recovery of spectral edge frequency after asphyxia in preterm fetal sheep. Stroke 46(2):585-7.

  • Barton SK, Moss TJ, Hooper SB, Crossley KJ, Gill AW, Kluckow M, Zahra V, Wong FY, Pichler G, Galinsky R, Miller SL, Tolcos M, Polglase GR (2014) Protective ventilation of preterm lambs exposed to acute chorioamnionitis does not reduce ventilation-induced lung or brain injury. PLoS One 9(11):e112402.

  • Stojanovska V, Barton SK, Tolcos M, Gill AW, Kluckow M, Miller SL, Zahra V, Hooper SB, Galinsky R* and Polglase GR* [joint senior authors] (2019) The effect of antenatal betamethasone on cerebral white matter inflammation and injury in preterm fetal and ventilated lambs. Dev Neurosci Epub 2019

  • Stojanovska V, Atik A, Nitsos I, Sköld B, Barton SK, Zahra VA, Rodgers K, Hooper SB, Polglase GR, Galinsky R (2018) Effects of intrauterine inflammation on cortical grey matter of near-term lambs. Front Pediatr 6:145