Session 1: February 13, 1:30 - 2:00pm

Maternal Fetal Medicine I (Fetal)


Speaker: Dr. Robert Tanguay, MD (Caleo Health)
Pot, Pills and Pain: Opioids, cannabis and their DOHaD implications
Jocelynn Cook, SOGC

Dr. Tanguay completed his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta and attended medical school at the University of Calgary where he continued on to complete his residency in Psychiatry. Dr. Tanguay completed fellowships in Addictions Medicine with the department of psychiatry, certified with the International Society for Addiction’s Medicine (ISAM), and Pain Medicine with the department of anesthesia. He is currently the Medical Lead of the Transitional Pain Program at Caleo Health and he has helped initiate the first publicly funded Opioid Taper Program for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain at the Opioid Dependency Program in Calgary. He is an authority in opioid prescribing, the effects of opioids on functioning, opioid tapering in chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP), opioid addiction, and medical marijuana. Dr. Tanguay has been invited to be a keynote, plenary, and panel speaker at national and international conferences, as well as for local events, and is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, for the Department of Psychiatry.


Parental Environment and Pediatric Outcomes

Moderator: Bernard Robaire, Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University


Indigenous Health


Speaker: Amanda Lipinski, Program Director (Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle)
Seven Generations, Gestational Diabetes Prevention with a Focus on Cultural Practices
Tracey Galloway, Dept of Anthropology, University of Toronto

Amanda is Métis and grew up in Thunder Bay, ON. She made the move to Southern Ontario to complete her degree in Social Anthropology at York University and has since had the honour of working within different Indigenous communities throughout Ontario and New Brunswick with a focus on holistic wellness. Amanda joined the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle team as a Diabetes Prevention Coordinator for the Toronto region in February 2009 and has since transitioned into the position of Program Director at the IDHC head office in Niagara. Amanda is a mother of one and strives to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to be a positive role model for her son and the communities she serves.

Session 2: February 13, 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Placental and Fetal Physiology

Moderator: Dan Hardy, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western University


Perinatal Epidemiology I


Speaker: K.S. Joseph, MD, PhD (University of British Columbia)
Toward a unified perinatal theory: Reconciling the births-based and fetus-at-risk models of perinatal mortality
Sarah McDonald, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McMaster University

K.S. Joseph MD, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and the Children’s and Women’s Hospital and Health Centre of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. His work is supported by the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

 Dr. Joseph received his MBBS and MD (Community Medicine) degrees from Christian Medical College, Vellore, and a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. In 2014, the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research presented Dr. Joseph with the Mentor award and in the same year he received the Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge sponsored by the US-based Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. In 2018, he and his co-authors received the Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper award from Obstetrics and Gynecology, the official publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, on factors underlying the temporal increase in maternal mortality in the United States (Obstet Gynecol 2017;129:91-100).


Neonatal I (Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Medicine)


Speaker: Anne-Monique Nuyt, MD (CHU Sainte-Justine)
Cardiopulmonary Health in Adults born Very Preterm
Robert Jankov,  Dept. of Paediatrics, University of Toronto

 Anne-Monique Nuyt is a senior clinician-scientist at CHU Ste-Justine, Université de Montréal. Dr. Nuyt’s research team studies mechanisms of developmental programming of hypertension and cardiovascular dysfunction in children and adults who were born preterm. Her translational research program spans from experimental animal work, to clinical as well as epidemiological studies. With Dr. Thuy Mai Luu, she leads the HAPI (Health of Adults born Preterm Investigation) cohort study. She is currently Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Division of Neonatology and Head of the Center of Excellence in Neonatology at CHU Sainte-Justine,  as well as vice-chair of IHDCYH Institute Advisory Board. Her research is mainly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Dr Nuyt was awarded number of prices for her work and is actively involved in scientific societies in perinatal as well as adult cardiovascular research.   

Session 3: February 14th, 1:30 - 2:00 pm

Nursing and Midwifery


Speaker: Denise Harrison, RN, PhD (University of Ottawa and CHEO)
Neonatal Pain Management - The evidence, the utilization and the knowledge translation strategies
Liz Darling, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McMaster University

Denise Harrison is a full Professor and the Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth and their Families at the University of Ottawa and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Her research program “BSweet2Babies” focuses on improving pain management for sick and healthy babies and young children. Her research includes using knowledge generation, synthesis and translation, and includes using and studying innovative ways to move pain treatment knowledge into action. This includes partnering with parents and clinicians to develop brief videos in multiple languages showing how parents can work with clinicians to use recommended pain management strategies during newborn screening and infant vaccination. The effectiveness of the videos are being studied in multiple ways, including the reach, dissemination and effectiveness in improving pain management when posted onto social media sites. Her research partners include parents of babies and children, clinicians, students, researchers throughout Canada, Brazil, China and the USA, social media experts, statisticians and organizations including BFI, BORN Ontario and Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC).   


Neonatal II (Neonatal Neurosciences)


Speaker: Dr. Pia Watermark, MD (McGill University)
Repairing the brain of asphyxiated newborns
Gregory A. Lodygensky, Dept. of Paediatrics, Université de Montréal

Dr. Pia Wintermark founded the NeoBrainLab in 2010. The NeoBrainLab is devoted to the understanding of the causes and consequences of brain and eyes damages in sick babies. The laboratory uses both clinical research and basic science techniques to understand mechanisms underlying these brain and eyes damages. The main goals of the lab are to develop innovative strategies to prevent or repair these brain and eyes damages, and thus to improve the future of these babies.

Before joining the Montreal Children's Hospital in July 2010, Dr. Pia Wintermark trained at the Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School) in Boston, USA, and at the Lausanne University Hospital (University of Lausanne) in Lausanne, Switzerland.




Speaker: Rhonda C. Bell, PhD (University of Alberta)
Using Integrated Knowledge Translation to Move Research into Practice
Pablo Nepomnaschy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Bell is a Professor in the Division of Human Nutrition, Dept of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta.  She is also the Pregnancy and Developmental Trajectories Theme Lead for the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute at the University of Alberta.  She received a PhD in Human Nutrition from the Cornell University and degrees in Kinesiology (BSc) and Health Studies (MSc) from the University of Waterloo. She leads a program of research in maternal nutrition before and during pregnancy and its impact on women and children’s health.

Dr. Bell is the principle investigator for ENRICH, a multi-faceted research program aimed at supporting women from diverse communities across Alberta to have the healthiest pregnancies possible.  As a researcher, she has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and given more than 100 media interviews and presentations to community groups, professional organizations, and at conferences. Among her many awards, Dr. Bell received the 2016 Earle Willard McHenry Award for Distinguished Service in Nutrition from the Canadian Nutrition Society.  Dr. Bell’s most important accomplishments come from helping students, researchers, clinicians and policy makers turn research findings into meaningful ways to improve nutrition, health and wellness of women and their families. 

Session 4: February 15, 11:00 - 11:30am

Maternal Fetal Medicine II (Impact of Maternal Health on Pregnancy Outcome)


Speaker: Bryan Richardson (Western University)
Umbilical Cord Oxygen at Birth and Regulatory Mechanisms for Fetal Growth
Barb de Vrijer, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western University

Dr. Bryan Richardson is a Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Physiology and Pharmacology at Western University, and a Scientist in the Fetal and Newborn Health Program of the Children’s Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. He received his MD and training in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Western University and training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Perinatal Physiology from the University Oregon Health Sciences Center. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the Society for Reproductive Investigation and the Perinatal Research Society where he served on the Executive Council and as President. He has been an Editorial Board Member for the journals Early Human Development and Reproductive Sciences, Committee Member for the MRC/CIHR Clinical Investigation and March of Dimes Review Panels, and member of the inaugural CIHR Advisory Board for the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health. He has had longstanding support from the MRC/CIHR, initially as an MRC Fellow and subsequently a Scholar, and with continuous grant funding for over 25 years. He was additionally the first WYETH AYERST Canada/CIHR Clinical Research Chair in Perinatology, and subsequently a Canada Research Chair in Fetal and Neonatal Health. He has been invited to give over 140 scientific presentations nationally and internationally, and has published 152 peer review papers and 21 book chapters/symposia. He is currently investigating the impact of maternal undernourishment leading to fetal growth restriction with chronic hypoxia on later development focusing on the brain. 


Reproductive (epi) Genetics and Fertility


Speaker: Janice Bailey, PhD (Université Laval)
Environmental contaminants and potentially-mediated DOHaD
Janice Bailey, Dept. of Animal Sciences, Université Laval

Janice Bailey obtained her degrees at the Universities of Manitoba and Guelph and conducted postdoctoral research the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is currently Professor of Animal Sciences and Research Associate Dean of the Faculty of Food & Agricultural Sciences at Laval University in Québec City. She a founding member of the Reproduction, Development and Intergenerational Health Research Centre, a unique bi-faculty team of researchers from the Faculties of Medicine and Food & Agricultural Sciences.

Her research focuses on the impact of the environment on male reproduction, including his ability to produce normal, healthy offspring. She is particularly interested on whether environmentally-relevant exposures to contaminants modify the sperm epigenome, thereby perturbing the development of his future generations. She and her collaborators are also exploring nutritional strategies to palliate harmful effects of environmental contaminants.

She has a long history of service to the scientific community, including as President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, Secretary of the American Society of Andrology, participation on editorial boards of several journals, and organizing international conferences. Of note, with Professor John Challis, she is co-chair of the 2021 World DOHaD Congress that will be held in Vancouver.


Perinatal Epidemiology II

Moderator: KS Joseph, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of British Columbia