Staff Profile


Career Summary


Research keywords

  • HPLC
  • Preterm labour
  • Radioimmunoassays

Research expertise

Radioimmunoassays: All aspects, from preparation and purification of radioactive label using HPLC to immunisation of rabbits and analysis of antibodies. Have experience in developing and optimising assays for commercially unavailable peptides.

Molecular: PCR, DNA and RNA extractions.

Cell culturing: Anterior pituitary cells pituitaries collected from abattoir, cells isolated, plated and treated. AtT20 cells mouse pituitary cell line.

Perifusion Studies: Sheep and rat anterior pituitary cells suspended in gel columns and treated. Eluate collected and assayed.

Computer Skills: Proficient in Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Word, and Endnote.

Hospital PIMS training.

Data Management: Responsible (together with midwife) for Mathematical Model Access Database, which is approaching 3,000 samples and over 500 patients. Data entered and retrieved from respiratory Controls access database.

Clinical: Assessment, recruitment and follow-up of participants in Respiratory research studies. Information collection and data entry into trial databases. Experience in various procedures including spirometry, saline challenge, exhaled carbon monoxide (ECO), exhaled nitric oxide (ENO), exhaled breath condensate (EBC), allergy skin prick test.


  • Greek

Fields of Research

111499Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine Not Elsewhere Classified50
111716Preventive Medicine50



  • Member - Endocrine Society of Australia


Administrative expertise

Administration: Confidential letters containing assay results sent to doctors and pathology laboratories. Experience collecting, editing and presenting information in relevant format, including grant submissions, ethics applications, journal papers and conference posters/talks. Compilation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Negotiating skills ordering products and equipment needed for laboratory.



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Chapter (1 outputs)

2000Smith R, Changs E-C, Mesiano S, Nicholson R, Cheng Y-H, Bowman M, et al., 'Regulation of parturition: The role of CRH', Hormones and Women's Health The Reproductive Years, Harwood Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 215-219 (2000) [B1]

Journal article (10 outputs)

2011Hodyl NA, Stark MJ, Osei-Kumah A, Bowman M, Gibson PG, Clifton VL, 'Fetal glucocorticoid-regulated pathways are not affected by inhaled corticosteroid use for asthma during pregnancy', American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 183 716-722 (2011) [C1]
2009Smith R, Smith JI, Shen XB, Engel PJ, Bowman M, McGrath SA, et al., 'Patterns of plasma corticotropin-releasing hormone, progesterone, estradiol, and estriol change and the onset of human labor', Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 94 2066-2074 (2009) [C1]
2006Power ML, Bowman M, Smith R, Ziegler TE, Layne DG, Schulkin J, Tardif SD, 'Pattern of maternal serum corticotropin-releasing hormone concentration during pregnancy in the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus)', American Journal of Primatology, 68 181-188 (2006) [C1]
2001Bowman M, Lopata A, Jaffe R, Golos T, Wickings J, Smith R, 'Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone-Binding Protein in Primates', American Journal of Primatology, 53 123-130 (2001) [C1]

Co-authors: ROGER SMITH

2000McLean M, Bowman M, Clifton VL, Smith R, Grossman AB, 'Expression of the Heme Oxygenase-Carbon Monoxide Signalling system in Human Placenta', The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 85 2345-2349 (2000) [C1]
2000McCluskey A, Finn M, Bowman M, Keller PA, Smith R, '2,7-dimethylthiazolo[4,5-d] pyradazine-4-(5H)-thione: a corticotrophin releasing hormone type 1 receptor agonist', Australian journal of chemistry, 905-908 (2000) [C1]
1999Keller PA, Bowman M, Dang KH, Garner JA, Leach SP, Smith R, McCluskey A, 'Pharmacophore development for corticotropin-releasing hormone: new insights into inhibitor activity', Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 42, No. 13 2351-2357 (1999) [C1]
1999Smith R, Wicking J, Bowman M, Belleoud A, Dubreuil G, Davies J, Madsen GM, 'Corticotropin-releasing hormone in chimpazee and gorilla pregnancies', Journal of clinical endocrinology and Metabolism, (Aug);84/8 2820-2825 (1999) [C1]
1997Bowman M, Robinson PJ, Smith R, 'Atrial natriuretic peptide, cyclic GMP analogues and modulation of guanylyl cyclase do not alter stimulated POMC peptide release from perifused rat or sheep corticotrophs', Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 9 929-936 (1997) [C1]
1993Smith R, Chan E, Bowman M, Winthrop JH, Phippard AF, 'Corticotropin-releasing hormone in the baboon pregnancy', Journal Clinical Endocrinology Metab, 76 1063-1068 (1993) [C1]
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Conference (10 outputs)

2015Stirrat L, O'Reilly J, Riley S, Howie A, Bowman M, Smith R, et al., 'Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis Hormones Are Reduced in Obese Pregnancy', REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES (2015)
2013Rae KM, Weatherall L, Clausen D, Maxwell C, Bowman M, Milgate P, et al., 'Gomeroi gaaynggal: Empowerment of Aboriginal communities to understand health implications of research in pregnancy', Proceedings of th 12th National Rural Health Conference, Adelaide (2013) [E1]


2012Maiti K, Gravina FS, Bowman M, Aitken RJ, Smith R, 'The ageing placenta and still birth', Abstracts. The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology 2012, Gold Coast, QLD (2012) [E3]
2011Weatherall LJ, Rae KM, Milgate P, Hall ST, Carlin A, Boyd J, et al., 'A place of connections: The Gomeroi Gaaynggal Centre', Proceedings of the 3rd Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health (CRIAH) Aboriginal Health Research Conference, Sydney, NSW (2011) [E3]


2010Hodyl NA, Stark MJ, Osei-Kumah A, Bowman M, Clifton VL, 'The effect of inhaled corticosteroid treatment for asthma during pregnancy on markers of maternal, placental and fetal systemic function', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: Abstracts of the 14th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 2010, Wellington, NZ (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: vicki clifton

2008Smith R, Smith JI, Shen X, Bisits AM, Engel PJ, Giles WB, et al., 'The onset of human labor is associated with a fall in the ration of progesterone to estrogens and an increase in the estriol to estradiol ratio', 51st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and Society of Reproductive Biology: Meeting Proceedings and Abstract Book, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: ROGER SMITH

2008Smith R, Smith JI, Bowman M, Equils O, Vali S, Bisits AM, 'Use of mathematical modelling to predict pregnancy outcomes and behaviour of the uterus', The Twenty-Second Fetal and Neonatal Workshop of Australia and New Zealand Abstract Book, Runaway Bay, QLD (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: ROGER SMITH

2007Smith R, Smith J, Bowman M, McGrath SA, Giles WB, 'Rate of change of corticotrophin releasing hormone and hCG nadir provide accurate identification of women at risk of preterm birth', Reproductive Sciences (Scientific Program & Abstracts: 54th Annual Meeting, SGI), Reno, Nevada (2007) [E3]

Co-authors: ROGER SMITH

2006Smith J, Norris A, Bowman M, Engel T, Bisits AM, Giles WB, et al., 'Rate of change of corticotrophin releasing hormone and HCG Nadir provide accurate identification of women at risk of preterm birth', Endocrine Journal-Continuation of Endocrinologia Japonica, Queensland, Australia (2006) [E3]

Co-authors: ROGER SMITH

2006Power ML, Bowman M, Smith R, Layne DG, Ziegler TE, Tardif SD, Schulkin J, 'Expression and function of corticotropin-releasing hormone (crh) in anthropoid primate placenta', American Journal of Primatology, San Antonio, TX (2006) [E3]

Co-authors: ROGER SMITH

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Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$244,500

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1996 (1 grants)

South-East Asian Australian Preterm Labour Study Group.$244,500
Funding Body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Project Team
Emeritus Professor William Walters, Professor Roger Smith, Conjoint Professor Warwick Giles, Conjoint Associate Professor Andrew Bisits, Doctor Cheng Chan, Dr Stephen O'Callaghan, Doctor Jenny Stewart Williams, Mrs Maria Bowman, Doctor John Fitter
Targetted Institutional Links ProgramInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Mrs Maria Bowman

Work Phone(02) 4921 4374
Fax(02) 492 14394
PositionHMRI Research Assistant
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPublic Health
3534, Level 3,
John Hunter Hospital,
John Hunter Hospital