Winthrop Professor Andrew Whitehouse

Winthrop Professor Andrew Whitehouse

Head, Developmental Disorders Research Group

Professor Andrew Whitehouse has been working at the Telethon Institute since 2009, having arrived back in Western Australia from the University of Oxford, where he was the Scott Family Junior Research Fellow for Studies in Autism (University College).

Prof Whitehouse has been awarded competitive research funds from national and international funding bodies exceeding $30 million, and he is currently funded by a NHMRC Career Development Award.

Prof Whitehouse directs the Autism and Related Disorders research team, who investigate the genetic and neurodevelopmental causes of developmental disorders such as autism and language impairment, and conduct clinical intervention trials into these conditions.

For more information about his team's research, please visit the Autism & related disorders website


YouTubeAndrew talks about his research



New Book: Will Mozart Make My Baby Smart?

Do mobile phones and bicycles kill sperm? Do pregnant women really suffer from baby brain? Do violent video games cause aggression? Does sugar make kids hyper?

Dr Andrew Whitehouse poses the questions that make you gasp, snigger and ponder; the questions that you've thrown around over a coffee with friends, without ever reaching a conclusion.

In a wonderful combination of stories from modern parenting, tales from history, and scientific research, Andrew Whitehouse busts open thirteen of the best myths around, and provides reassurance and light relief from the challenges of parenthood.


Vitamin D publications:

Hart, P., Lucas, R.M., Walsh, J.P., Zosky, G.R., Whitehouse, A.J., Zhu, K.K., Allen, K.L., Kusel, M.M., Anderson, D., Mountain, J.A. 2015,'Vitamin D in fetal development: Findings from a birth cohort study', Pediatrics, 135, 1, pp. e167-e173.  Detail

Hawes, J.E., Tesic, D., Whitehouse, A.J.O., Zosky, G.R., Smith, J.T., Wyrwoll, C.S. 2015, 'Maternal vitamin D deficiency alters fetal brain development in the BALB/c mouse', Behavioural Brain Research, 286, pp. 192-200.  Detail

Zosky, G.R., Hart, P.H., Whitehouse, A.J.O., Kusel, M.M.H., Ang, W., Foong, R.E., Chen, L., Holt, P.G., Sly, P.D.L., Hall, G.L. 2014,'Vitamin D deficiency at 16 to 20 weeks' gestation is associated with impaired lung function and asthma at 6 years of age',Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 11, 4, pp. 571-577.  Detail

Zhu, K., Whitehouse, A.J.O., Hart, P.H., Kusel, M.M.H., Mountain, J.A., Lye, S., Pennell, C.E., Walsh, J.P. 2014, 'Maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy and bone mass in offspring at 20 years of age: A prospective cohort study', Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 29, 5, pp. 1088-1095.  Detail

Robinson, M., Whitehouse, A.J.O., Newnham, J.P., Gorman, S., Jacoby, P.A., Holt, B.J., Serralha, M., Tearne, J.E., Holt, P.G., Hart, P.H., Kusel, M.M.H. 2014, 'Low maternal serum vitamin D during pregnancy and the risk for postpartum depression symptoms',Archives of Women's Mental Health, 17, 3, pp. 213-219.  Detail

Whitehouse, A.J.O., Holt, B.J., Serralha, M., Holt, P.G., Hart, P.H., Kusel, M.M.H. 2013, 'Maternal Vitamin D Levels and the Autism Phenotype Among Offspring', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Online, pp. 1-10.  Detail

Allen, K.L., Byrne, S.M., Kusel, M.M.H., Hart, P.H., Whitehouse, A.J.O. 2013, 'Maternal Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy and Offspring Eating Disorder Risk in Adolescence', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS, 46, pp. 669-676.  Detail

Whitehouse, A.J.O., Holt, B.J., Serralha, M., Holt, P.G., Kusel, M., Hart, P. 2012, 'Maternal serum vitamin D levels during pregnancy and offspring neurocognitive development', Pediatrics, 129, 3, pp. 485-493.  Detail

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