Programs & Speakers

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 banquet speakers

Tracey Galloway, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto


Torah Kachur, PhD

CBC Radio personality 


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


Parallel workshops

Below is a list of the preliminary titles and the speakers (information is subject to change without prior notice) – 


Cell Therapies for BPD: Criteria for Early Phase Clinical Trials                                                                

Bernard Thebaud

How to Write a Research Grant                                                                                                         

Richard Keijzer, Jon McGavock

Inviting Indigenous Community Engagement in Research                                                       

Jon McGavock

Successes, Perils and Pitfalls of Echocardiography-Based Hemodynamic Research     

Amish Jain, Patrick McNamara, Dany Weisz

Clinical Trial Design: Theory and Practice                                                                                       

KS Joseph, Eileen Hutton

Translating Science Toward Health Policy                                                                                      

Rob Santos

Cutting Edge Technology: Bioinformatics                                                                                      

Prasoon Agarwal

Quality Improvement Research, And How to Publish It                                                            

Stephen Pearlman

Perinatal Epidemiology Methods: Modeling Time-Varying Determinants and Time-Dependent Effects 

Deshayne Fell, Jennifer Hutcheon

Communicating Science with the Public                                                                                         

Torah Kachur

Cutting Edge Technology: Neuroimaging 



* The program information is subject to change without prior notice.