About Dr Michael Skilton

To improve the vascular health of mother, child, and other vulnerable groups.

We undertake cross disciplinary research aimed at identifying and reducing the burden of cardiovascular risk factors. Particular risk factors that we focus on include those related to pregnancy, having implications for the long-term health of both mother and child, in addition to obesity and nutrition. Some of our previous findings include: the discovery that those who did not grow appropriately while in the womb have poor vascular health at birth; and, that for each child a woman gives birth to, her “vascular age” increases by 1-year. We are also involved in research aimed at improving the cardiovascular health of Indigenous Australians, including the NHMRC funded PerioCardio study. In these studies we predominantly use non-invasive techniques for assessing vascular health, which we continue to develop and further refine. Examples include: the adaptation of the aortic intima-media thickness technique for use in newborns, as a measure of early arterial health; and the development of carotid extra-medial thickness, the first non-invasive test of arterial adventitial structure in humans.

Dr Skilton is a vascular physiologist at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, and is currently the recipient of a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. He graduated from the University of Queensland (BSc Hons I) in 1998, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2005 for his doctoral studies on "Nutrition and cardiovascular structure and function". He has held postdoctoral positions in Lyon, France (2005-2007) and at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne (2007-2010).
He has published 33 scientific papers, in high ranking journals including the Lancet, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Biological Psychiatry, Neurology, ATVB, and Stroke. He is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA), the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS), and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ).
He is currently a Chief Investigator on research grants totalling over $1.8m, and has ongoing collaborations with research teams in France, Finland, Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr Skilton's publications, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.