The 9th Annual 2022 Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM)

May 30 - June 3, 2022


The 9th Annual Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting

The Women's Health Research Cluster's Perinatal Mental Health Working Group, led by Dr. Nichole Fairbrother and Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, is organizing the first ever conference day in Canada on perinatal mental health. Until 2022, there has not been a place for academics to gather and discuss research focused on advancing the mental health of perinatal people. For people who are interested in connecting with other perinatal mental health researchers, or learning more about perinatal mental health research, stay tuned for more information on a Social Networking event!

The 2022 Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting will host three excellent plenary speakers.

Keynote Speakers:

May 30, 2022

Dr. Gabrielle Conti will present on The Economics of the Developmental Origins of Health and the Lifecourse Impacts of Early Interventions

Dr. Conti is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and in the Social Research Institute at University College London; and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and at IZA Bonn. She is also Associate Editor at the Journal of Health Economics (the top journal in health economics), Trustee at the Foundation Years Information and Research, and scientific adviser of the Lancet Commission for Gender-Based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People.

Her research areas of interest are health economics, the economics of human development, and biology and economics. Dr. Conti holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex. Prior to joining UCL, she was a Post-Doctoral Scholar (under the mentorship of Nobel Prize Winner James Heckman) and then an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago.


June 1, 2022  

Dr. Koji Hase (Keio University) will speak about how Maternal Gut Microbiota Regulates Offspring Metabolic Phenotype.

Dr. Hase is a Professor of Division of Biochemistry at Faculty of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science, Keio University, Japan. He has expertise in mucosal immunology and host-microbe interaction. He and his colleagues revealed that a commensal bacteria-derived metabolite promote colonic Treg differentiation. Furthermore, his group also found that maternal microbiota play a critical role in embryonic development and disease susceptibility late in life. He has been awarded by multiple prizes, such as Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) prize (2016) and The 23th Japanese Society for Immunology Award (FY2020).

June 3, 2022

Dr. Jennifer Leason (University of Calgary) will discuss Indigenous Perinatal Health: Strengths, Gaps and Future Directions.

Boozhoo, Aniin Keesis Sagay Egette Kwe nindiznikaaz (greetings, my name is First Shining Rays of Sunlight Woman). Dr. Jennifer Leason is an off-reserve member of Pine Creek Indian Band, Manitoba and the proud mother of Lucas and Lucy. Dr. Leason is a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Research Chair, Tier II, Indigenous Maternal Child Wellness and an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Leason is an Associate Member of the CIHR College of Reviewers and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Public Health. She is the recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award (2017-2020); New Frontiers in Research Fund Award (2019-2021); and CIHR Operating Grant (2020-2023), among other Patient Oriented Research grants and partnerships. Her research aims to address perinatal and maternal-child health disparities and inequities by examining maternity experiences, healthcare utilization, and social-cultural contexts of Indigenous maternal child wellness. Dr. Leason serves as an Associate Member of the CIHR College of Reviewers; CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples Health, Institute Advisory Board; PHAC Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System- External Advisory Committee; and Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Themes Include:

  • Neonatology
  • Perinatal Epidemiology
  • MFM - Maternal Medicine
  • DOHaD, Reproduction, Placental & Fetal Physiology
  • Perinatal Mental Health

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We are pleased to have partnered with the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative (CPMHC) to create the Perinatal Mental Health Program within this conference.

Thank you to the additional sponsors, in particular, we are grateful for the Daymark Foundation for sponsoring the Perinatal Mental Health Theme.

  • Other
  • mental health
  • perinatal

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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