• The University of Western Australia (M504), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 344 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
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Personal profile


Dr Demelza Ireland is a biomedical scientist. Her research interests include cancer immunotherapy and prevention of inflammation-induced preterm birth. She is a teaching-intensive academic specialising in immunology and women’s health.

Roles and responsibilities

Demelza works within the School of Biomedical Science (SBMS) Education Unit; the School of Biomedical Science Division of Infection and Immunity and the Medical School Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

She is a also member of the School of Biomedical Science Learning and Teaching Committee, and the MD Year 1 Program Committee.

Demelza coordinates the SBMS Tool of the Week meetings.

Previous positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UWA School of Women's and Infants' Health, 2012-2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UWA School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences, 2007-2012



Community engagement

Together with her third year women's health students, Demelza has developed a session on women's health for the Scitech Future Doctors Program, Jan 2019.

Together with Dr Caitlin Wyrwoll, UWA School of HUman Sciences, Demelza hosts an annual Birthing Kit Assembly Day for her students, 2017-2018.

Demelza is the master of ceremonies at the annual Zonta Perth Northern Suburbs Young Woman in Public Affairs Award, 2015-2018.


Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, The University of Western Australia


PhD, The University of Western Australia


Bachelor of Science with first class honours, The University of Western Australia


German, Diploma in Modern Languages, The University of Western Australia


External positions

Director, Australian Society for Medical Research



  • Placental inflammation
  • Prevention of preterm birth (infection-mediated)
  • Anti-inflammatory agents for prevention of preterm birth
  • Maternal immune responses to Ureaplasma spp. colonisation
  • Prediction of Ureaplasma spp. mediated preterm birth
  • Reproductive immunology
  • Tumour immunology
  • Role of regulatory T cells in tumour development
  • Tumour immunotherapy
  • Tea tree oil as an anti-cancer treatment
  • Women's health
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Sex education

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Research Output 2006 2019

  • 344 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 25 Article
  • 3 Conference paper
  • 1 Review article
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Do we train how we play? Investigating skill patterns in Australian football

Ireland, D., Dawson, B., Peeling, P., Lester, L., Heasman, J. & Rogalski, B., 2 Oct 2019, In : Science and Medicine in Football. 3, 4, p. 265-274 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

10 Citations (Scopus)

The efficacy of antenatal steroid therapy is dependent on the duration of low-concentration fetal exposure: evidence from a sheep model of pregnancy

Kemp, M. W., Saito, M., Usuda, H., Watanabe, S., Sato, S., Hanita, T., Kumagai, Y., Molloy, T. J., Clarke, M., Eddershaw, P. J., Musk, G. C., Schmidt, A., Ireland, D., Furfaro, L., Payne, M. S., Newnham, J. P. & Jobe, A. H., 1 Sep 2018, In : American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 301.e1-16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Adrenal Cortex Hormones
5 Citations (Scopus)
18 Downloads (Pure)

Intrauterine Candida albicans Infection Causes Systemic Fetal Candidiasis with Progressive Cardiac Dysfunction in a Sheep Model of Early Pregnancy

Stock, S. J., Patey, O., Thilaganathan, B., White, S., Furfaro, L. L., Payne, M. S., Spiller, O. B., Noé, A., Watts, R., Carter, S., Ireland, D. J., Jobe, A. H., Newnham, J. P. & Kemp, M. W., Jan 2017, In : Reproductive Sciences. 24, 1, p. 77-84 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Candida albicans
5 Citations (Scopus)

Preclinical evaluation of drugs to block inflammation-driven preterm birth

Ireland, D. J., Nathan, E. A., Li, S., Charles, A. K., Stinson, L. F., Kemp, M. W., Newnham, J. P. & Keelan, J. A., 1 Jan 2017, In : Innate Immunity. 23, 1, p. 20-33 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Preclinical Drug Evaluations
Premature Birth
11 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Bacterial Infections
Anti-Bacterial Agents

Projects 2009 2014