Dr Helen Barrett is an Obstetric Physician and Endocrinologist and is Director of Endocrinology & Diabetes at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane. She is a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Queensland. Dr Barrett has a strong interest in improving the outcomes of complicated pregnancy, with a particular focus on maternal obesity and diabetes in pregnancy. Her PhD examined the role of maternal lipids and placental lipid processing in the outcomes of pregnancy for women with diabetes. Dr Barrett currently holds an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship and her current research continues to explore maternal and placental metabolism in complicated pregnancy, with emphasis on the role of the microbiome.