Medicine & Dentistry-Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Alberta
Summary of research:
I study preterm birth, the most devastating health problem in maternal and child health, from several perspectives. With Suzanne Tough from UC, I co-lead an international team of experts named PreHOT. Our work examines a woman's risk for having a preterm delivery and seeks to understand the relationship between environmental influences and the immunological, physiological and biochemical processes that change the uterus of pregnancy to the uterus of delivery. We use mouse, rat and human models. At the provincial level we examine newborn consequences of being born early and are developing the first longitudinal pregnancy/birth cohort in Alberta, and we are developing Alberta's capacity for genomic research as it pertains to PTB and developmental trajectories. I also contribute significantly to training activities including co-leading with Karen Benzies, UC, the course, Building Foundations: an introduction to transdisciplinary research, manage Fetal Physiology PHYSIOL 513, facilitate the annual Western Perinatal Research Meeting in Banff, and I direct the CIHR STIHR in Maternal-Fetal-Newborn Health (until 3/2011). I serve on the board of ACCFCR.