Dr Kandasamy works as a Senior Neonatal Paediatrician in a tertiary perinatal centre in Townsville, Queensland. He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Malaya, Malaysia in 1995. He obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology and a PhD from the University of Newcastle, NSW. He has specialist registration in General Paediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine with the Medical Board of Australia and has received fellowships from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), The Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) (FRCP) and The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK) (FRCPCH). He is an Adjunct  Professor with James Cook University's Medical School and a Conjoint Research Fellow with the University of Newcastle.

In 2014, Dr Kandasamy received an NHMRC New Investigator Project grant to carry out research into the effects of prematurity and low birth weight on retinal and renal development. Dr Kandasamy’s area of research is in neonatal medicine, specifically the effects of prematurity on development of the kidney and retina, and neonatal health in indigenous babies. In 2019, he received another NHMRC grant to investigate the relationship between maternal health and infant kidney development. He has research collaborations with the University of Newcastle, CSIRO and internationally with Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Mol (VITO), Belgium.

Dr Kandasamy is a reviewer for NHMRC Grants and British Eye Research Foundation. He also serves as an advisor for the Queensland Neonatal Advisory Group and internationally for the European Research Agency in Brussels, Belgium. He is an examiner for University of New South Wales and The Royal College of Surgeons and University College Dublin, Ireland.

  • Neonatal and Paediatric training , RACP
  • Developmental Biology ,Neonatology , Renal & retinal microvasculature development, Effects of prematurity and low birth weight , Developmental Origin of Health and Diseases
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • 2019 to present - Eminent Staff Specialist, Townsville Hospital (Townsville)
  • 2010 to 2019 - Senior Staff Specialist, Neonatology, Townsville Hospital (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2010 - Staff Specialist,Neonatology, Townsville Hospital (Townsville)
  • 2005 - Neonatal trainee, Townsville Hospital (Townsville)
  • 1995 to 2005 - Medical Officer /Paediatrician, Ministry of Health (Malaysia)
  • 1990 to 1995 - Undergraduate (MBBS), University of Malaya (Malaysia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2019 - Queensland Health Award for Excellence (Minister's Award for Overall Outstanding Achievement)
  • 2019 - Queensland Health Award for Excellence ( Winner in the Pursuing Innovation Category)
  • 2015 - ASMR Runners-up winners for Best Clinical Researcher in Queensland
  • 2012 - ASMR Runners-up winners for Best Clinical Researcher in Queensland
  • 2010 - Basser Research Entry Scholarship, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • 2014 - FRCPCH UK
  • 2008 - FRCP Edin.
  • 2007 - FRACP
  • 2015 - DoHaD , Australia and New Zealand
  • 2010 - Microcirculation Society ,USA
  • 2010 - Perinatal Society of Australia and NewZealand
  • 2007 - Australian Medical Association
  • 2002 - MRCPCH UK
  • 1999 - MRCP UK
  • 2008 to 2013 - PhD (Neonatology) The University of Newcastle
  • 2006 to 2007 - Masters in Clinical Epidemiology, The University of Newcastle

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 60+ research outputs authored by Dr Yogavijayan Kandasamy from 2006 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Townsville Hospital and Health Service - Study Education Research Trust Account (SERTA)

Exploring the Long-Term Effects of Probiotic Supplementation in Premature Infants

Indicative Funding
$12,700 (administered by THHS)
Probiotic supplementation is now standard care for pre-term infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); significantly reducing the risk of Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC) and mortality. What is not known is the long-term impact of this probiotic treatment on the developing infant gut microbiome. Evidence from a previous study shows positive effects, however, two important questions remain. 1. Microbes from probiotic supplementation appear to colonize the infant gut, cause positive modulation and reduce the incidence of disease, does this effect persist over the first year of life? 2. Should the criteria for probiotic supplementation be expanded to include all infants?
Yoga Kandasamy, Donna Rudd, Roger Huerlimann and Jacob Westaway (Townsville Hospital and Health Services, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Science & Engineering)
Microbiome; Neonatal; NICU; Gut microbiome

National Health & Medical Research Council - Project Grant

The Relationship between Maternal Health and Infant Renal Development and Function

Indicative Funding
$175,000 over 4 years (administered by University of Newcastle)
This will be the first study to comprehensively link the maternal environment, including maternal renal size and ethnicity, to the development of the human fetal kidney and subsequent childhood kidney growth and function in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. Developing non-invasive measures of renal development and understanding the pathway to reduce nephron number in Indigenous infants is essential for the planning of public health interventions to reduce Indigenous disadvantage in renal health.
Yoga Kandasamy, Roger Smith, Eugenie Lumbers, Ian Wright and Donna Rudd (The University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Paediatric Health; Renal; Biomarkers; Neonatel Intensive Care

Townsville Hospital and Health Service - Study Education Research Trust Account (SERTA)

Discovering the Faecal Microbiome Associated with Pre-Term Birth

Indicative Funding
$9,494 (administered by Townsville Hospital and Health Service)
Development of the pre-term gut microbiome is important for immediate and longer term health outcomes. Much of what is known about the infant and neonatal microbiome has been derived from healthy full term infants. Collecting and understanding the microbiome of the TTH NICU cohort would provide a unique insight into the microbial development and in pre-term babies admitted to the NICU. This information will provide further evidence for interventions currently undertaken in the NICU such as administration of probiotics to infants <32 weeks. This project supports evidence-based multidisciplinary research in a novel way to assess the neonatal microbiome development.
Yoga Kandasamy, Donna Rudd, Robert Norton and Roger Huerlimann (Townsville Hospital and Health Service, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Townsville Health Service District and College of Science & Engineering)
Human; Neonatal; Term or Pre-Term; Microbiome; Probiotics

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Discovering Faecal Microbiome Associated with Pre-Term Birth (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Validation of a Multiplexed Immunoassay for the measurement of VEGF-A and its receptors for use as a diagnostic tool for neonates, pregnancy and infants (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • The renal parenchyma – Evaluation of a novel ultrasound measurement to assess fetal renal development (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • A Multicentre Exploration of Risk Management of Neonatal Skin Injuries (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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