New Scientific Director joins the Raine Study

14/03/2021 | 3 mins

Associate Professor Rebecca Glauert


Associate Professor Rebecca Glauert from Telethon Kids Institute has joined the Raine Study as its new Scientific Director. 

A/Professor Glauert is a long-time collaborator with the Raine Study. She is recognised internationally as an expert in data linkage (bringing together information from different sources, relating to the same person or event) and using this linked information to inform, evaluate and improve health policy and practice. 

She succeeds Professor Leon Straker in the role of Scientific Director and will work closely with Raine Study Director Professor Romola Bucks, from UWA’s School of Psychological Science, to lead the Raine Study into its fourth decade of globally relevant life-changing research.

A/Professor Glauert views her new role as a valuable extension of her work at Telethon Kids, where she will continue in her role as Head of the Developmental Pathways and Social Policy team as well as leading the Developmental Pathways in WA Children Project (DPP). DPP is a world-leading project investigating the pathways to health and wellbeing among Western Australian children and youth.

She has worked with groups across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to develop data linkage capabilities, and is passionate about the responsible use of data to impact policy and decision making. A/Professor Glauert has also supervised a number of PhD students in conducting epidemiological and public health research. 

She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to connect 30 years of Raine Study data with other Australian data and believes that data linkage has a key role to play to ensure the ongoing impact of the Raine Study, as it continues to explore how environment and events from the womb onwards impact health outcomes in later life. 

A/Professor Glauert was awarded her PhD in 2008 from the School of Psychology, The University of Western Australia

About the Raine Study

Based in Perth, Western Australia, the Raine Study is one of the largest and longest-running studies of human health from pregnancy through childhood, adolescence and adulthood to be carried out anywhere in the world. 

A total of 2,900 pregnant women were recruited by the Raine Study between 1989 and 1991, and 2,868 live births were entered into the cohort. These children, their parents, grandparents and now their own children form this unique multi-generational study, which has been helping researchers and policy makers better understand the causes of human health and well-being for more than 30 years. 

The Raine Study is a joint venture between The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Telethon Kids Institute, Women and Infants Research Foundation, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Notre Dame Australia. Flinders University in South Australia and Newcastle University in New South Wales are Institutional Partners. The study receives additional funding support from the Raine Medical Research Foundation and National Health and Medical Research Council.

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Simone Hewett, UWA Media & PR Manager, 08 6488 3229 / 0432 637 716

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