Expert panel – Prof Robert Norman, Dr Anju Joham, facilitated by Rhonda Garad

Robert Norman is Professor of Reproductive and Periconceptual medicine at the University of Adelaide and was the founding director of the Robinson Research Institute, which commenced in 2008. He was also the founder of two fertility companies which were associated with the University (Repromed and FertilitySA). He is a clinician scientist interested in periconception medicine, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome and the role of nutrition in reproduction. He has served on several NHMRC committees including the research committee (from 2008 to present) and the embryo licensing committee (from 2008 to present). He was on the SRB committee for several years, has been President of the Asia-Pacific Initiative and Reproduction (ASPIRE) as well as being President of the Androgen Excess PCOS society. As a leader in the University of Adelaide’s School of Paediatrics and Reproductive health, he has encouraged many reproductive biologist scientists and reproductive medicine clinicians in their research interests over the past 25 years through mentorship, supervision and redirection of profits from the fertility companies into research and innovation. He was awarded the ASRM’s distinguished researcher award in 2013 and an Order of Australia (AO) in the same year for services to research in reproductive medicine and biology. Dr Anju Joham is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University. She is an endocrinologist at Monash Health, Melbourne. Dr Joham was awarded her PhD focusing on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, obesity and insulin resistance in 2015. Rhonda’s work is in public health and focused on the implementation of research outcomes. She has a strong focus on influencing systems-based change and the orientation of care to meet the needs of end-users. Her PhD was in the field of health literacy, and she co-delivers a unit in the Monash master’s program on implementation science.

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