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. 

CNPRM brochure (June 2017)

Plenary speakers

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


Moriah Thomason, PhD Intrauterine examination of the human fetal brain functional connectome 

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


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


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

Professor of Early Development and Health

Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam


Alan Jobe, M.D., PhD

Director, Division of Perinatal Biology, Cincinnati Children’s

Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of Cincinnati



Professor and Head, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

University of Western Australia


Gordon Smith

Professor and Head of Department, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Cambridge


Lucky Jain, MD, MBA

Professor and Executive Vice-Chair

Department of Pediatrics

School of Medicine

Emory University


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


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


Concurrent, thematic and workshop speakers

Tracey Galloway, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto


Torah Kachur, PhD

CBC Radio personality 


Stephen Pearlman, MD

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


Pathik D. Wadhwa, MD, PhD  Does Aging Begin in Utero? The Fetal Programming of Telomere Biology Hypothesis  

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


Prasson Agarwal, PhD Cutting Edge Technology: Applying Bioinformatics to Perinatal Research

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:
Vern Dolinsky – Sponsorship/Donations
Tannis Erickson – Other event details
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