Workshop Session 1 (WS1) Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 – 8:30 am

WS1a: Indigenous-led Development of Interventions to Support Healthy Life Trajectories
Tracey Galloway (University of Toronto) and Pablo Nepomnaschy (Simon Fraser University)
Presenters: Leona Star, Stephanie Sinclair, Rhonda Campbell, Wanda Philips-Beck (Nanaandawewigamig), Jamie Cidro (University of Winnipeg), Sherry Copenace, Jon McGavock (University of Manitoba), Richard Oster (University of Alberta), Mandy Commonda (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg).
Objectives: Presenters will briefly describe the context of prenatal care and birthing services in the regions they serve, highlighting where possible creative, culturally-grounded approaches to improving the perinatal and early child service landscape for Indigenous families. At the end of this session, the participant will better understand innovative, community-led projects improving birth experiences and outcomes for Indigenous families.

Supported by: CNPRM2019

(WS1b) Controversies in Neonatal Pulmonary Hypertension
: Kamichat
Robert Jankov (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
Presenter(s): Patrick McNamara and Regan Giesinger (University of Iowa)
Objectives: At the end of this session, the participant will be able to":
a)   Learn the scope of physiologic derangement in neonates with acute Pulmonary Hypertension
b)   Understand how comprehensive hemodynamic appraisal, using Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography, may provide additional physiology insights which may enhance clinical decision making.

Supported by: Mallinckrodt

(WS1c) The Advantages of Rodent Model for Examining Human Placental Function
Convenor: Dan Hardy (Western University)
Presenters: David Natale (UC San Diego) Girard Sylvie (Université de Montréal) and Stephen Renaud (Western University)
Objectives: At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
a)   To review the advantages and disadvantages of the rodent to model the human placenta in normal and disease states.
b)   To highlight the latest genetic animal lines in understanding mammalian placental physiology.
c)   To identify innovative techniques and state-of the-art imaging to help researchers investigate the role of the placenta in pregnancy and long-term postnatal outcomes.

Supported by: Tew Fund (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western University)


Workshop Session 2 (WS2) Wednesday, February 13, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

WS2a: DESIGN THINKING: An Innovative Approach to Knowledge Translation
Convenor: Janice Bailey (Université Laval)
Presenter: Krystle van Hoof (Institute of Gender and Health, CIHR)
Objectives: At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
a)   Understand how design thinking can be used as a novel approach to knowledge translation
b)   Identify opportunities to apply design thinking methods to improve knowledge translation in the area of perinatal research
c)   Gain hands-on experience applying design thinking methodology to complex problems.

Supported by: CNPRM2019

(WS2b) Canadian policy frameworks for improving perinatal and early childhood nutrition for Indigenous families
Convenor: Tracey Galloway (University of Toronto)
Presenter: Daniel Sellen
Objectives: At the end of this session, the participant will have received the most recent updates from Indigenous Services Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada on directions for perinatal and early childhood care strategies.

Supported by: Lawson Foundation

(WS2c) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Data Harmonization
Convenor: Thierry Lacaze (University of Calgary/Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute)
Presenters: Flora Shan and Lauren Kelly (University of Manitoba)
Objectives: This workshop will focus on the need to harmonize data collection and discuss creating a multi-provincial Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) database. Specific objectives include:
a)     Define the problem of outcome selection in clinical trials and in NAS
b)     Present systematic review of literature on outcome selection and measurement in NAS
c)     Share the methods and resulting core outcome set
d)     Introduce next steps including maternal and neonatal common data elements to build registry compatible with the USA
e)     Gage interest in development of a national NAS database (What are the challenges? What is the cost?)
f)      Discuss proposed common data elements and measurement tools

Supported by: The Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Foundation Fund

Workshop Session 3 (WS3) Thursday, February 14, 7:45 – 8:45 am

(WS3a) Advanced Methods in Perinatal Epidemiology: Causal Inference
Convenor(s): Maggie Brown (Dalhousie University) and Dr. Amélie Boutin (University of British Columbia)
Presenter: Robert Platt (McGill University)
Objectives: At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
a) List the introductory concepts with regard to causal inference.
b) Identify why epidemiologic modelling benefits from the formulation of a causal question as a directed acyclic graph. 
c) Describe the conceptual issues underling confounders, modifiers, mediators, direct and indirect effect, and collider stratification bias.
d) Discuss in simple terms how marginal structural models and g-estimation aids causal inference.

(WS3b) Family QI Bootcamp: practical approaches to improve the parent experience
Convenor(s): Anne-Monique Nuyt (Université de Montréal)
Presenter: Annie Janvier (Université de Montréal) and Fabiana Bacchini. (Canadian Premature Babies Foundation)
Objectives: During this interactive workshop, a veteran resource parent and a neonatologist-researcher (also mother of a preterm infant) will discuss, exchange and reflect on how to improve parent well-being in the NICU. Easy strategies will be presented, as well as more complex initiatives. The pros and cons of recent changes in the NICU environment - such as single-patient rooms- and their impacts on families will be explored; as well as solutions to decrease potential negative impacts.

Supported by: CNPRM2019

(WS3c) Surfactant administration: Review of current practices and the future
Convenor(s): Thierry Lacaze (University of Calgary/Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute)
Presenters: Rangasamy Ramanathan (Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles and USC Medical Center, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA, USA) and Georg Schmoelzer (University of Alberta)
Objectives: At the end of this session, the participants will be able to:
a) Describe the techniques for less invasive surfactant administration (LISA)
b) Compare outcomes with Intubation, Surfactant and Extubation (INSURE) technique
c) Review the most recent results from Systematic Review and meta-analysis, comparing LISA versus INSURE technique
d) Have hands-on experience with LISA technique using Preemie manikin and administration catheters/feeding tubes

Supported by: Methapharm

(WS4) Thursday, February 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

(WS4a) Perinatal Imaging: Advances and challenges
Convenor: Michael Seed (Hospital for Sick Children)
Presenters: Chris MacGowan and Michael Seed (Hospital for Sick Children)
Objectives: At the end of this session, the participant will be able to explain:
a) Challenges associated with fetal MRI
b) Role of MRI for assessing fetal development and cardiovascular health
c) Recent MRI innovations for studying prenatal and postnatal physiology
d) Appropriate animal models, novel therapies and future outlooks

(WS4b) Career Advice Across Sectors for Young Scientists and Clinicians
Soutana III
Convenors: Jocelynn Cook, SOGC (Moderator) and Doug Swanson Kids Brain Health Network (Co-convener)
Panel Discussants: Dr. Terrie Inder (Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital) - Clinical Research Careers. Dr. Garth Smith (Ontario Brain Institute, Director for Industry Relations) - Health Research/Industry Opportunities. Amanda MacFarlane (Health Canada, Micronutrient Research Section Head) - Careers in Government.
Objectives: Through this workshop we will explore advice and opportunities for academic and “academic-adjacent” career path choices as next steps in your training and careers. Following the workshop there will be a “Ask and Expert” breakout table session. The learning objectives are:
a) Employment opportunities for young researchers within Academia, Industry, Government, and Community Organizations;
b) Advice on building training/achievement portfolios for success;
c) Hiring insights, advice for those seeking first jobs in your sector;
d) Insights into life-work balance choices and opportunities.

Supported by: Kids Brain Health Network