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The Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) features stellar international speakers, and creates a unique interface between obstetrical and neonatal, clinical and bench research, bringing to light antenatal decisions leading to better postnatal outcomes, and generating a better understanding of maternal health, parturition, newborn physiology and early life origins of disease. The theme is the unbroken thread: following the connections between maternal physiology, fetal and newborn physiology, and the development of adult health and disease. The highlight will be the intersectional plenary sessions – crossing disciplines from obstetrics to neonatology, from clinic and ICU to cell biology. Each internationally renowned plenary speaker has been invited with the novel task to delineate a portion of the plenary topic, and then to toss the ball into the hands of the next speaker. The result will be a continuum of intellectual discourse developed over the course of the meeting. We are expecting 400+ researchers, clinicians, nurses, trainees and policymakers at the Banff Centre in February 2018.  The meeting also features sixteen thematic research sessions with incisive keynote speakers, platform presentations by trainees, two broad-ranging research poster sessions and eleven workshops by national experts, ranging from cutting edge technologies, to how to conduct a clinical trial, to engagement of indigenous communities in research, to translation of research toward public policy. 

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Plenary Speakers

Preterm birth prevention initiative


Professor and Head, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Western Australia


Antenatal corticosteroids in moderate and late preterm infants

Lucky Jain MD, MBA

Professor and Executive Vice-Chair

Department of Pediatrics

School of Medicine

Emory University


Perinatal practices and outcomes of ELGA neonates in Canada: An introspection

Prakesh Shah MD, MSc, FRCSC

Neonatologist and Clinical Epidemiologist, Mount Sinai Hospital

Associate Staff, Neonatology, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children

Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto

CIHR Applied Research Chair, Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research

Director, Canadian Neonatal Network


Inflammation and infection and the risk of adverse pregnancy outcome

Gordon Smith

Professor and Head of Department, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Cambridge


Rebecca Jones PhD

Senior Lecturer (T&R), Division of Developmental Biology & Medicine, University of Manchester


Robin Steinhorn MD

Senior Vice President, Center for Hospital Based Specialties, Children’s National Health System


Brenda Poindexter MD, MS

Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Perinatal Institute

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati


William Fraser MD, MSc, FRCSC

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Scientific Director, Centre de Recherche

Universite de Sherbrooke

Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Epidemiology


Intrauterine examination of the human fetal brain functional connectome 

Moriah Thomason PhD 

Assistant Professor, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development and Department of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Director, Unit on Perinatal Neural Connectivity, Perinatology Research Branch


Immediate and Long-term Impact of Painful Procedures on Hospitalized Neonates

Bonnie Stevens PhD

Associate Chief of Nursing, Research

Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Studies

SickKids Research Institute

Professor, Faculties of Nursing and Medicine

University of Toronto


Early life stress and later disease: lessons from the past: The Dutch famine 1944-45

Tessa Roseboom PhD 

Professor of Early Development and Health

Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam


Lasting effects of antenatal steroids

Alan Jobe MD, PhD

Director, Division of Perinatal Biology, Cincinnati Children’s

Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of Cincinnati





Concurrent, Thematic and Workshop Speakers


Cell Therapies for BPD: Criteria for Early Phase Clinical Trials

Bernard Thebaud MD, PHD

Senior Scientist, Regenerative Medicine Program, Professor Department of Pediatrics, Partnership Research Chair, Regenerative Medicine

University of Ottawa


Perinatal Epidemeology Methods: Modeling Time-Varying Convariates and Time-Varying Effects

Robert Platt MSc, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health

Department of Pediatrics

McGill University Health Centire Reserach Institute

Montreal Children's Hospital Research Institute

Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital


Jennifer Hutcheon PhD

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of British Columbia


A framework for intervention research that shifts trajectories of health for Indigenous people

Tracey Galloway PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto


Communicating Science with the Public

Torah Kachur PhD

CBC Radio personality 


Quality Improvement Research, And How to Publish It

Stephen Pearlman MD

Medical Director, Pediatrics/Neonatal Quality Improvement,  Christiana Care Health Systems (Delaware)


Does Aging Begin in Utero? The Fetal Programming of Telomere Biology Hypothesis  

Pathik D. Wadhwa MD, PhD  

Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology, University of California, Irvine


Cutting Edge Technology: Applying Bioinformatics to Perinatal Research

Prasson Agarwal PhD 

Post Doctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba 
More exciting details to come. For immediate inquiries about the program, sponsorship/donations, or other event details, please contact:
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