Ms Zoe Stewart (2013)
Universities attended: University of Sydney, Monash University, Monash University
Degree & Subject at Cambridge: PhD Clinical Biochemistry
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As a young doctor I see the impact of disease on individuals and society and the importance of both treating the individual and holistically addressing contextual factors. I have a strong commitment to my community and regularly volunteer with a range of organisations and in a variety of capacities, including as a medical volunteer with CanTeen (an organisation for young people living with cancer), a Regional Council Member and Australian Youth Representative to the International Planned Parenthood Federation and a Director of Family Planning Victoria. Early in my medical training I developed a keen interest in endocrinology and particularly endocrine disorders in pregnancy. These disorders have far-reaching biopsychosocial effects and interventions can improve the lives of women and their children. Diabetes is the most common medical condition in pregnant women. Abnormal blood sugars can result in adverse maternal and infant outcomes including major congenital anomaly, pre-term birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. Current management is suboptimal, however the Cambridge ""artificial pancreas"" team has pioneered technological advances with promising results. My PhD will examine whether this technology can improve glucose control and clinical outcomes in pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes in real-life at home trials. In the future, I hope to be a clinician-researcher with an active role in policy and advocacy to help on practical and empirical levels to improve the lives of women and their families.