Dr Robert Galinsky, NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow

Rob obtained his PhD from Monash University in the discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Thereafter, Rob undertook postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professors Alistair Gunn (founder of newborn therapeutic hypothermia for the prevention of neonatal death and disability) and Laura Bennet at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Supported by an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship and project grants from the NHMRC, Cerebral Palsy Alliance and philanthropy, Rob returned to The Ritchie Centre in 2018 where he has established a new research program within the Fetal and Neonatal Health research theme that focuses on the role of inflammation in perinatal brain injury. Rob and his team use a multidisciplinary approach that includes fundamental neuroscience, physiology, medical imaging and bioengineering.

In 2018, Rob was awarded the Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Young Researcher of Year for his work on understanding the role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of fetal and newborn brain injury. Rob chaired the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s (PSANZ, the largest perinatal research society in Australia-Oceania) Early Career Researcher Committee and served as a board member of PSANZ ltd. (2015-2018). In 2015, Rob was recruited to the board of the International Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society, one of the world’s premier fetal and neonatal research platforms.

Through collaborative partnerships with clinical experts, academia and industry, Rob and his team are discovering new and improved drug targets for the treatment of perinatal brain injury, and developing physiological biomarkers and brain imaging technology to improve the sensitivity and specificity of brain injury detection for improved treatment outcomes.

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