Demelza Ireland

Dr, PhD (W.Aust.)

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

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

Languages

German

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.

 

Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, The University of Western Australia

20172018

Award Date: 13 Dec 2018

PhD, The University of Western Australia

20032007

Award Date: 20 Sep 2007

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

19982002

Award Date: 20 Mar 2003

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

19992001

Award Date: 20 Mar 2003

External positions

Director, Australian Society for Medical Research

20152018

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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