Women's health

Women’s health issues are unique, as pregnancy and childbirth often results in different disease risks compared to men.

As an Institute we want to drive improvements in women’s health by offering novel technologies to:

  1. understand physiology in women  
  2. understand mechanisms of disease development, and
  3. to improve health outcomes by creating patient-specific treatment options.

Researchers at the ABI working in women’s health span disciplines from health professionals through to instrumentation engineers and mathematicians.

ABI research groups investigating women’s health include the Pelvic Floor Research Group, the Biomechanics for Breast Health Group, and the Pregnancy Health Group. We welcome any interest in developing new, complementary research projects.

Our Expertise and Facilities

Bioinstrumentation: We develop new devices that can be used to measure physiological parameters such as pressure and muscle stiffness.

Clinical trials: Our devices are currently being implemented into clinical projects in collaboration with our clinical partners. Measurements from these devices have potential not only to inform clinical practice, but also to provide much needed quantitative information for computational modelling.

Computational modelling: We create ‘virtual organs’ (models) that simulate function in the body. We use these models to predict function that we can’t see directly to improve understanding of physiology.

Imaging and image analysis: We specialise in using computational tools to interpret and analyse clinical imaging, both to improve understanding of organ structure in health and disease and to predict outcomes of therapies.

Implantable devices: We work closely with the implantable devices group, which create wireless data acquisition systems that can be implanted or positioned for long-term monitoring of physiological signals, including pressure, ECG and blood flow.

Members

Primary contact

Jenny Kruger
Email: j.kruger@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 923 9968

Academics

David Budgett
Alys Clark (Pregnancy Health)
Thiranja Prasad Babarenda Gamage (Breast Health)
Jenny Kruger (contact person, Pelvic Floor)
Anna Mira
Martyn Nash
Poul Nielsen
Andrew Taberner

Students

Monika Byrne
Melissa Davidson
Chun Meng (Alex) Goh
Izza Ismail
Rachel Jones
Laura Pedofsky
Win Min Tun

International links

  • Australia: University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales
  • Canada: University of Montreal and University of Sherbrooke
  • UK: University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and University of Sheffield
  • US: Oregon Health Sciences University