DOHaD Society of Canada

The Canadian DOHaD Society aims to be a globally connected network focussed on creating, communicating and translating the latest knowledge on early development to improve the health and well-being of Canadians today and into the future and promote the importance of maternal health and well-being on a global platform. Our Society engages in social, biological, clinical and economic research focussing on: 1) how environmental factors during the early life (preconception-childhood) interact with development to place individuals on trajectories that impact life-long health, learning and social function; 2) development of strategies that prevent or reverse negative life-course outcomes, promoting health and wellness and allowing all Canadians to attain their full potential.

 

Our strategic priorities are:

1) To engage in world class discovery-based research: Our national network includes national and internationally recognized researchers from clinical practice, academia, industry, and government sectors many of whom are already engaged in extensive international collaborations and partnerships.

2) Deliver high quality, transdisciplinary training and career development: Recognizing that trainees are our future, our network is committed to creating the best trans-disciplinary training environment promoting academic excellence and nurturing tomorrow’s research leaders and policy makers.

3) Promote health and wellness for all Canadians: Knowledge exchange and engagement with government, policy makers and the public is at the core of our mission. Through partnership with these stakeholders, we will raise the profile of DOHaD research; develop, test and implement interventions based on research discovery; and act as a catalyst for promotion of health, learning and social function with a focus on Canada’s most vulnerable populations.

 

Executive Members

PresidentStephen Matthews (University of Toronto)
Past-PresidentDeb M Sloboda (McMaster University)
Treasurer/SecretaryTimothy Regnault (Western University)
Administrative supportVictoria De Luca (Mount Sinai Health System)
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES:
AlbertaStephane Bourque (University of Alberta)
AlbertaSandra Davidge (University of Alberta)
AlbertaMaria Ospina (University of Alberta)
British ColumbiaMike Kobor (University of British Columbia)
British ColumbiaPablo Nepomnaschy (Simon Fraser University)
ManitobaVern Dolinsky (University of Manitoba)
Nova ScotiaIan Weaver (Dalhousie University)
OntarioStephan Renaud (Western University)
OntarioLuseadra McKerrache (trainee, McMaster University)
QuebecAnne-Monique Nuyt (Universite de Montreal)
QuebecMarc-Andre Sirard (Université Laval)
QuebecMarie-Claude Vohl (Université Laval)

News Items

2020 Scientific Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society

DOHaD CANADA is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Meeting to be held at the Banff Centre in Banff Alberta, on the 11th & 12th of February 2020.

This year, the DOHaD Canada scientific program will address new challenges for DOHaD in today’s environment. A detailed program will be released shortly. The meeting provides an important venue for information exchange and dissemination among Canadian DOHaD researchers, trainees, clinicians and policy leaders, and a forum for knowledge translation of the vastly relevant DOHaD research that is undertaken across Canada. This important event is expected to attract 120 participants and will showcase the work of trainees, new investigators and established DOHaD researchers. As we did last year, DOHaD Canada’s meeting has been scheduled immediately before the Canadian Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) to ensure the best possible attendance and reach of our message.

The program will include Keynote addresses by Dr. Lucilla Poston, Head of the Department of Women and Children’s Health at King’s College London and Dr. Jed Friedman, Director of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.

2019 Scientific Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society

The 2019 Scientific Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society (http://dohad.utoronto.ca) will be held on February 11th &12th, 2019 at the beautiful Fairmont Tremblant in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. An exciting scientific program is planned which includes three thematic sessions: Epigenetics and Omics Mechanisms Underlying DOHaD, Vulnerable and At Risk Populations, and Solution-Oriented DOHaD Research. The program will include Keynote addresses by Tessa Roseboom (Principal Investigator, the Dutch famine birth cohort; University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Robert A. Waterland (Professor, Nutritional influences on developmental epigenetics; Baylor College of Medicine). The meeting will also feature talks by invited Canadian speakers and trainees, an Outreach, Networking and Collaboration event, as well as addresses and updates about the 2021 World Congress on DOHaD that will be held in Canada. The 2019 Canadian DOHaD Society meeting will be held in conjunction with the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, February 12-15, 2019 (www.cnprm.org). For any question, please contact the co-organizers (Serge McGraw, PhD serge.mcgraw@umontreal.ca; Kristin Connor, PhD KristinConnor@cunet.carleton.ca).

2018 Scientific Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society

The 2018 Scientific Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society (http://dohad.utoronto.ca) will be held February 14, 2018 at the Banff Park Lodge in Banff, AB. The program will include Keynote addresses by Tessa Roseboom (Principal Investigator, the Dutch famine birth cohort; University of Amsterdam) and Pathik Wadhwa (Director, University of California Irvine Development, Health and Disease Research Program). The day will also feature talks by trainees, a “DOHaD translational research” panel discussion, updates from the CIHR DOHaD Teams, and a poster session in conjunction with the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, February 14-17, 2018 (www.cnprm.org).

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