Dr Gurmeet Singh is the director of the life course studies and recently obtained $2.2 million to conduct the next follow-up of the Aboriginal Birth Cohort (ABC), the longest and largest Aboriginal Cohort in Australia. She has dedicated over 18 years to Indigenous health in both paediatric medicine and health research capacity in the Northern Territory (NT). Her area of interest is the relationship of early life factors to later health and chronic disease, particularly renal disease.
Gurmeet has been an integral part of the ABC for the past 16 years with involvement in all aspects of the study. She has been influential in forming national and international collaborations and is committed to using the study data to inform policy to decrease chronic disease burden in Indigenous communities.
She has since been instrumental in recruiting an age matched non-Aboriginal Top End Cohort (TEC). She coordinates the Darwin site of the Preterm Kidney Study investigating the impact of prematurity on renal function in collaboration with Monash University.
Concurrently, Gurmeet is a Specialist Paediatrician at Royal Darwin Hospital and a Senior Lecturer, Northern Territory Medical program. She is passionate about encouraging medical students to actively engage in research. To this end, she has been instrumental in expanding the honours program of the James Cook University School of Medicine to Darwin.