Dr James Cuffe
Dr Cuffe completed his PhD at The University of Queensland before being awarded a competitive research fellowship to join Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Dr Cuffe returned to UQ in 2018 as a lecturer to establish the Placental endocrinology laboratory in the School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr Cuffe has a broad range of research interests including investigating early origins of chronic disease, endocrine regulation of fetal development, placental regulation of pregnancy complications and sex differences in basic physiology. He is most recognised for his research in the field of placental biology where he has investigated how maternal perturbations such as stress, hypoxia, altered nutrition or maternal disease all affect placental development and program disease in the mother after pregnancy as well as her offspring. More recently, Dr Cuffe has established a range of research programs to understand the role of the placental stress response in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Dr Cuffe has an exceptional track record, is an active member of a number of key societies within Australia and is currently the chair of the Queensland Perinatal Consortium (QPaCt). Dr Cuffe was awarded the prestigious A K McIntyre Prize by the Australian Physiological Society (AUPS) in recognition of his contributions to Australian physiological science during his postdoctoral research years.