Theme Member
Dr Monika Skubisz

Contact details:

+61 (0) 8 8128 4446

monika.skubisz@sahmri.com

Qualifications:

PhD (Medicine), MBBS, Bachelor of Medical Science

Brief biography:

Dr Monika Skubisz is a clinician researcher working as a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Women's and Children's and Riverland General Hospitals and research fellow here with the Women's and Kid's Theme at SAHMRI. She is also a Clinical Lecturer (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) at Flinders University and the RANZCOG Research Foundation's Ella Macknight Scholar 2019-2020.

Dr Skubisz completed medical school at the University of Melbourne and a PhD (Medicine) at Monash University, where she conducted clinical trials to improve the management of early pregnancy complications including ectopic and molar pregnancies. She has a special interest in nutritional and preventive medicine and is currently involved in clinical trials looking at the ability of omega 3 to prevent preterm birth and whether Australian women are being exposed to excessive folic acid in later pregnancy. 

Dr Skubisz is on the Executive Committee of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance, a national body of experts looking to safely reduce the rate of preterm birth in Australia. Her work has influenced clinical guidelines both nationally and abroad and been published in leading journals in the field. Together with her supervisor and collaborator, Dr Skubisz's work was recognised as one of the Top Ten NHMRC Research Projects in 2015.

Awards/Honours/Scholarships:

2018: Ella Macknight Scholarship, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Research Foundation, Australia.

2018: Professor Alistair MacLennan AO Award (Excellence in Teaching), University of Adelaide

2016: Ten of the Best Research Projects 2015 , National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia

2013: Society for Gynecologic Investigation Poster Prize, Orlando, USA

2012: Society for Gynecologic Investigation Poster Prize, San Diego, USA

2012: MSD Organon Women’s Health Award, Victorian Regional College, RANZCOG

2012: Harold Mitchell Health Travel Fellowship

2012: Finalist, Young Investigator Award, Monash Health

2010: Australian Postgraduate Award, Department of Education and Training

Selected publications:

BEHNIA-WILLISON, F., MOHAMADI, B., Vancallie, T., NGUYEN, T., LAM, A., WILLISON, N., ZIVKOVIC, J., O’SHEA, R., SKUBISZ, M.2019. Fractional CO2 laser for treatment of stress urinary incontinence. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol X, 1, 100004.

SKUBISZ, M., DOUST, A., MOLLISON, J., JOHNS, T. G., NEIL, P., ROBINSON, M., BHATTACHARYA, S., WALLACE, E. M., KRZYS, N., DUNCAN, W. C., TONG, S., HORNE, A. W. 2018. Gefitinib and methotrexate to treat tubal ectopic pregnancies: Phase II open label, single arm multi-centre trial. EBioMedicine, 33, 276–281.

TONG, S., SKUBISZ, M., HORNE, A. 2015. Molecular diagnostics and therapeutics for ectopic pregnancy. Mol Hum Reprod, 21, 126-35.

HORNE, A. W.,* SKUBISZ, M.,* TONG, S., DUNCAN, W. C., NEIL, P., WALLACE, E. M. & JOHNS, T. G. 2014. Combination gefitinib and methotrexate treatment for non-tubal ectopic pregnancies: a case series. Hum Reprod, 29, 1375-9.

SKUBISZ, M.,* HORNE, A. W.,* JOHNS, T. G., NILSSON, U. W., DUNCAN, W. C., WALLACE, E. M., CRITCHLEY, H. O. & TONG, S. 2013. Combination gefitinib and methotrexate compared with methotrexate alone to treat ectopic pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol, 122, 745-751.

SKUBISZ, M., BROWN, J. K., TONG, S., KAITU'U-LINO, T. & HORNE, A. W. 2013. Maternal Serum Macrophage Inhibitory Cytokine-1 as a Biomarker for Ectopic Pregnancy in Women with a Pregnancy of Unknown Location. PLoS One, 8, e66339.

SKUBISZ, M., Li, J., WALLACE, E. & TONG, S. 2011. Decline in beta hCG levels between days 0 and 4 after a single dose of methotrexate for ectopic pregnancy predicts treatment success: a retrospective cohort study. BJOG, 118, 1665-8.

SKUBISZ, M.& TONG, S. 2011. Of leaves and butterflies: how methotrexate came to be the savior of women. Obstet Gynecol, 118, 1169-73. 

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