Dr Kirsty Pringle is an ARC Future Fellow in the Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Sciences at the University of Newcastle. After completing her PhD in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Adelaide in 2008 she was recruited as a post-doctoral Research Associate in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle. Since her appointment she has played a pivotal role in the establishment of a new research program focused on understanding the role of the placenta in pregnancy success. Kirsty leads the Pregnancy and Women’s Health Research Group, based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, where she supervises a team of 8 PhD students and 1 research Assistant. She has published 35 research publications, 1 book chapter and 3 editorials and has attracted > $1.7 million in research funding, including an NHMRC project grant. Kirsty is also Deputy Director of the Gomeroi Gaaynggal program which is working to improve the health outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal women and their children.