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


Stephen Matthews (University of Toronto)

Deborah M Sloboda (McMaster University)
Treasurer/SecretaryTimothy Regnault (Western University)
Administrative supportVictoria De Luca (University of Toronto)
British ColumbiaAngela Devlin (University of British Columbia)
British ColumbiaPablo Nepomnaschy (Simon Fraser University)
British ColumbiaLuseadra McKerrache (trainee, Simon Fraser University)
AlbertaStephane Bourque (University of Alberta)
AlbertaSandra Davidge (University of Alberta)
ManitobaVern Dolinsky (University of Manitoba)
OntarioTracey Galloway (University of Toronto)
OntarioVasilis Moisiadis (trainee, University of Toronto)
QuebecAnne-Monique Nuyt (Universite de Montreal)
QuebecSarah Kimmins (McGill University)
QuebecMarc-Andre Sirard (Laval University)
MaritimesIan Weaver (Dalhousie University)

News Items

2018 Scientific Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society

The 2018 Scientific Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society ( 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 (

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