Demelza Ireland


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

    6009 Perth


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Dr Demelza Ireland is a biomedical scientist with a research background in cancer immunotherapy and prevention of inflammation-induced preterm birth. She is a teaching-intensive academic specialising in immunology and women’s health with an interest now in the scholarship of learnng and teaching.

Roles and responsibilities

Demelza is the Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBMS) Education Unit.

She is a member of the University learning and Teaching Committee and the Student Achievement Working Party. She also serves on the School of Biomedical Sciences Learning and Teaching and Research Committees.

Demelza coordinates the SBMS Tool of the Week "Toolies" Community of Practice (CoP) 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 Health Professionals Program (2019 and 2020)

Together with Dr Caitlin Wyrwoll, UWA School of Human Sciences, Demelza hosts an annual Birthing Kit Assembly Day for her students, 2017-2019.

Demelza is the master of ceremonies at the annual Zonta Perth Northern Suburbs Young Woman in Public Affairs Award, 2015-2020.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 13 Dec 2018

PhD, The University of Western Australia


Award Date: 20 Sep 2007

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


Award Date: 20 Mar 2003

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


Award Date: 20 Mar 2003

External positions

Director, Australian Society for Medical Research


Research expertise keywords

  • 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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