Researcher biography

Professor Gita Mishra's main research area is life course epidemiology and women's health. She joined the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2010 as the first Professor of Life Course Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. She is now also Head of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health (ALSWH) at UQ and since 2019, Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Women and Non-communicable Diseases (CRE WaND). She currently holds an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship (2017-2022) and was previously awarded an ARC Future Fellowship (2013-2017).

Professor Mishra is internationally recognized for her expertise in epidemiology and women's health, especially for her work on the links between reproductive characteristics and non-communicable diseases in later life, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition to research related to ALSWH, her current work includes leading the InterLACE project, a major international collaborative research programme on reproductive health and chronic disease that combines data from more than 800,000 women in 26 studies in 11 countries. Research from these major studies have contributed to her career total of over 400 scientific papers, book chapters, including as co-editor of a key academic textbook on Family Based Studies, and reports to inform government policy. She is currently lead editor of the 2nd Edition of the ground-breaking "A Life Course Approach to Women's Health" for Oxford University Press, that is due for publication in 2022.

She is actively engaged in research translation and capacity building. In 2018 Professor Mishra lead the evidence review for the National Women's Health Strategy 2020-2030, and recently she chaired the Future Research session at the 2021 RANZCOG Women's Health Summit in Canberra and was co-convenor of the Queensland Women's Health Forum. Findings from her research are frequently featured by national and international media organisations, and she appears regularly on TV and radio. She has also co-authored five articles on women's health for The Conversation, most recently on the need for women to maintain health screening through the COVID-19 pandemic (and was recently translated for the Japanese public).

In 2017, she was elected as a board member for the European Menopause and Andropause Society; received honorary membership of Sigma International, a global nursing organisation; and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS). In 2018, Professor Mishra received the Leader of the Year Award at the UQ Faculty of Medicine.