The Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) is now in its sixth year. Canadian perinatal researchers have been meeting yearly for nearly 40 years as Western and Eastern groups, and in February 2014 they came together to form a Canadian national meeting that was held in Banff. It was so successful that this new national annual format was adopted for the 2015 (Montebello) and 2016 (Banff) meetings and has formed the basis for the CNPRM since.

 The 2019 CNPRM is the 6th meeting of this national group and will be held February 12th-15th, 2019 at the Fairmont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, which stands on the traditional territory of the Algonquin People.

 The primary objectives of the meeting are to foster collaborative research in Canada and help train research leaders for tomorrow. Practitioners, research investigators and trainees learn about the latest discoveries and product development in maternal and paternal pre-conception health for neonatal health, and fetal and newborn health research for application to maternal and newborn primary care and policy. This year’s program promises to be a unique mix of interdisciplinary collaboration as well as an opportunity for discipline-specific sub-groups to share the latest developments in their own fields, with the meeting formats supporting strong student engagement and industry partners. The conference boasts outstanding international and national guest speakers and provides considerable time for oral and poster presentation of original work from attending participants, as well as industry partner interaction time. Workshop, associated society satellite and small focus group meetings fulfil the meeting’s secondary objectives of further promoting prenatal research and developing new and emerging linkages between different related themes and groups, while growing and strengthening the CNPRM community.

 Currently, highlights of the 2019 program include Plenary Lectures on Indigenous Health by Professor Gina Muckle (Laval University, Canada – sponsored by CIHR), The impact of the early life environment on growth, development and health throughout the life course, given by Dr. Tessa Roseboom (Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - sponsored by The Molly Towell Research Foundation), Insights into the Encephalopathy of Prematurity - Pathways and Consequences, by Dr. Terrie Inder (Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA – sponsored by Kids Brain Health Network and Canadian Neonatal Brain Platform Neuroscience) and ART and perinatal outcomes presented by Dr. Cliff Librach (Create Fertility, Canada – sponsored by Methapharm). Additionally, our after-dinner Speaker following the Gala banquet on the 14th of February, will be Professor Joe Schwarcz (Director, McGill Office for Science and Society – sponsored by BLES). This current line up promises to be truly thought provoking and extremely rewarding for all attendees. More speakers are being confirmed regularly and the program is being updated frequently, so please check back regularly and view the program.

 Of note, very few countries hold such national meetings around excellence in perinatal research. Our meeting takes pride in supporting trainees’ attendance and covers their stay (room and board) at the conference. The support of industry, academic departments and research centers is therefore critical for these young scientists and we acknowledge their generous support. For more details please visit our Sponsor tab. Additionally new for 2019, , the CNPRM 2019 Organizing Committee (OC) is pleased to announce a formalized Memorandum of Understanding was established between the it and MICYRN. This MoU expands MICYRN’s direct support of CNPRM operations and strengthens CNPRMs administrative and organization structure increasing our capacity to ensure an international class meeting.

 We sincerely hope you can join us in Mont-Tremblant for CNPRM 2019 and please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. On behalf of the 2019 CNPRM organizing committee thank you!

Timothy Regnault, PhD (Western University)
Deborah Sloboda, PhD (McMaster University)
Sarah Kimmins, PhD (McGill University)