News & Events

Upcoming Events

Wavelengths - Toronto, Oct 23-24, 2020

SOGC Ontario CME - VIRTUAL - Dec 3-5, 2020

Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) - Las Vegas, Jan 25-30, 2021

Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) - VIRTUAL - Feb 8-12, 2021

Imaging Network of Ontario (IMNO) - Toronto, Mar 25-26, 2021

The 11th International DIP Symposium - Thessaloniki, Greece, Apr 21-24, 2021

International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Annual Meeting - Vancouver, BC, May 15-20, 2021

 

Events

In-Utero MRI - Jan 7-10, 2020 (Oxford, UK)

Congratulations to PhD student Stephanie Giza and MSc student Simran Sethi whose abstracts were accepted for oral and poster presentations. Simran won Best Power Pitch!

CNPRM - Feb 12-15, 2020 (Banff, AB)

Congratulations to Resident Sheryl Choo whose abstract was accepted for oral presentation.

Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) - Mar 10-14, 2020 (Vancouver, BC)

Congratulations to Shifana Lalani, Sheryl Choo, and Genevieve Eastabrook whose abstracts were accepted for poster presentations.

Imaging Network of Ontario (IMNO) - Mar 26-27, 2020 (Toronto, ON)

Congratulations to Simran Sethi MSc student whose abstract was accepted for poster presentation.

Research Team Received Seed Funding - May 6, 2020

Congratulations to Drs. Garcia-Bournissen, Hutson, de Vrijer and Eastabrook who have been awarded a Collaborative Research Seed Grant for their project entitled, "Developing a collaborative translational laboratory to study maternal fetal pharmacology of cannabinoids using a placental perfusion model".

American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting - May 26-30, 2020 (San Francisco, CA)

Congratulations to Fellow Roberta Bgeginski and Karishma Hosein whose abstracts were accepted for oral and poster presentations.

Promise Walk for Preeclampsia went Virtual - May 31, 2020 (London, ON)

PRG won top fundraising team!

 

2019

CHRI-Translational Research Grant Fund, 2019 Competition

Drs. Barbra de Vrijer, Sandrine de Ribaupierre, Charles McKenzie, and Roy Eagleson have been awarded funding from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Children's Health Research Institute Translational Research Grant Fund to start their collaborative research project entitled, “Using fetal functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the effects of maternal cannabis use on fetal brain development: a pilot study”.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, AEF Project Funding

Drs. Barbra de Vrijer, Shifana Lalani, Genevieve Eastabrook, Debbie Penava and medical student Rita Morassut have been awarded funding from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for their research project entitled,"The use of oxytocin for labour induction in women with Class III obesity"

Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting - Jan 6-10, 2019 (Champéry, Switzerland)

Estee Goldberg, Master's student, abstract was accepted for a poster presentation.

Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) - February 12-15, 2019 (Mont-Tremblant, QC)

Dr. de Vrijer presented "Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD): Uncovering Health Care Providers’ Experience in Practice" on behalf of Monica Molinaro. 

Taniya Nagpal, PhD student, presented her poster "Do weight fluctuations before pregnancy influence gestational weight gain and adherence to nutrition and exercise recommendations during pregnancy?"

SRTP, 2019

Rita Morassut, medical student at Western University, received Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) funding for the research project “Optimizing oxytocin dose for labour induction in pregnant women with obesity”.

IMNO Annual Symposium - Mar 28-29, 2019 (London, ON)

Master's students, Estee Goldberg and Simran Sethi, abstracts were accepted for oral presentations.

London Health Research Day - Apr 30, 2019 (London, ON)

Master's students, Estee Goldberg and Simran Sethi, abstracts were accepted for a poster presentation. 

Lawson Link Magazine, 2019

"The First 1,000 Days of Life": An article featured in the Lawson Link magazine highlighting our team's research and includes an online exclusive Q & A with Drs de Vrijer and Eastabrook.

ISMRM Annual Meeting & Exhibition - May 11-16, 2019 (Montreal, QC)

Simran Sethi, MSc student, abstract was accepted for oral presentation and Estee Goldberg as a digital poster presentation.

Congratulations  to Simran who received the Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for her abstract at the ISMRM 27th Annual Meeting. 

London's 1st Promise Walk for Preeclampsia - June 9, 2019

PRG Team
PRG members walked in support of The Preeclampsia Foundation Canada

London Imaging Discovery Day - June 12, 2019

Simran Sethi, MSc student, abstract was accepted for oral presentation

CIHR-Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health eBulletin - July 3, 2019

Featured Research: "Collaborative Obesity in Pregnancy Research Group: Supporting a Team to Investigate Placental Adaptations to Obesity"

ISMRM Workshop on MRI of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders - July 21-24, 2019 (Singapore)

Stephanie Giza, PhD student, abstract was accepted as a Power Pitch Poster Presentation at ISMRM.

CHRI Scientist Innovation Grant Competition 2019

Drs. Emma Duerden, Barbra de Vrijer, Genevieve Eastabrook, Samuel Siu and Charles McKenzie have been awarded funding from the CHRI - Scientist Innovation Grant for their research project entitled,"Hearts & Minds: maternal cardiac output, placental MRI and cognitive outcomes in fetal growth restriction."

2018

Pregnancy Research Group 

PRG Headquarters in B5-106 is up and running! Check out our recruitment posters and previously-presented research posters!
Office

CHF grant, 2018‐19

Drs. Barbra de Vrijer, Kevin Coughlin and Genevieve Eastabrook have been awarded $50,000 for the successful renewal the Children’s Health Foundation grant entitled, “Preventing childhood obesity: Improving metabolic health in the first 1000 days of life”.

Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) - February 14-17, 2018 (Banff, AB)

Matt Cohen CNPRM 2018 poster
Dr. Matthew Cohen presented "Placental Autophagy: A Marker of Placental Dysfunction in Obese Women" at CNPRM 2018 in beautiful Banff, Alberta.
CNPRM 2018
PRG members, collaborators, and trainees managed to take some time out from science to celebrate and have fun at CNPRM in Banff. Can’t wait until next year’s meeting in Montebello!

Imaging Network of Ontario (IMNO) - Mar 28-29, 2018 (Toronto, ON)

Stephanie Giza, PhD student with Drs Charles McKenzie and Barbra de Vrijer, received the Runner-up Award for her presentation "3D Water-Fat MRI Detection of Developmental Maturity in Fetal Adipose Tissue Compartments". 

Annual Paul Harding Research Awards Day - Apr 18, 2018 (London, ON)

Kara Huard Resident, Stephanie Giza PhD student , Taniya Nagpal PhD student, and Monica Molinaro GRA presented their work. 

Poster Presenters

CHRI-Translational Research Grant Fund, 2018 Competition

Drs. Barbra de Vrijer, Charles McKenzie, Timothy Regnault, and Genevieve Eastabrook have been awarded funding from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Children's Health Research Institute Translational Research Grant Fund to start their collaborative research project entitled, “Impact of Metformin and Insulin on Fetal Fat Development in Diabetic Pregnancies”.

SOGC Annual Clinical & Scientific Conference - Jun 26-29, 2018 (Victoria, BC)

Erin Murray is a Medical student with our group. Her abstract "Pulse wave velocity as a tool to assess maternal cardiovascular health in pregnancies complicated by obesity, preeclampsia, and IUGR" was accepted as a "Best of Three (Junior Member Obstetrics)"

Poster Presenters

Whaley Fellowship, 2018

Drs Michelle Mottola and Barbra de Vrijer were awarded the Whaley Fellowship for their project entitled, “Dietary, physical activity and anxiety profiles among obese pregnant women”. This fellowship will be used to support Dr Roberta Bgeginski to complete a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in London.

2017

CHF grant, 2017‐18

Drs. Barbra de Vrijer, Kevin Coughlin and Genevieve Eastabrook have been awarded a $50,000 Children’s Health Foundation grant entitled, “Preventing childhood obesity: Improving metabolic health in the first 1000 days of life”. 

Paul Harding Research Awards Day, London, ON - May 17, 2017

Matt Cohen, Resident, received the Resident Award Winner, Second Prize for his presentation, Placental autophagy: a marker for placental dysfunction in obese women

Whaley Fellowship, 2017

Drs Barbra de Vrijer, Timothy Regnault and Charles McKenzie awarded Whaley Fellowship for their project entitled, “MRI of placental inflammation”. This fellowship will be used to support Dr Takashi Hashimoto, obstetrician/gynaecologist from Kagoshima city, Japan, to complete a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in London.

London Imaging Discovery Day (LIDD), London, ON - June 27, 2017

Stephanie Giza, PhD Student, received the 2nd place Poster Award for her e-poster, Quantification of Fetal Fat Development in Mid-Late Gestation using 3D Water-Fat MRI

SROP, 2017

Tianna Koreman, medical student at Western University, received Schulich Research Opportunity Program (SROP) funding

SROP, 2017

Erin Murray, medical student at Western University, received Schulich Research Opportunity Program (SROP) funding

2016

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (CIHR/IHDCYH/SOGC) Team Grant - Apr 2016

Barbra de Vrijer and Genevieve Eastabrook with co-investigators Victor Han, Peeyush Lala, Charles McKenzie, Debbie Penava, Timothy Regnault, Trevor Shepherd and Samuel Siu were awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health and Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (CIHR/IHDCYH/SOGC) Team Grant of $746,764 for 5 years. Matching funds were provided by: Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI) and Children’s Health Foundation; the Dean's office; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; and Women’s Development Council. This multi-disciplinary team focuses on maternal cardiovascular and metabolic health, placental function, and fetal health and involves a prospective cohort of women and infants followed throughout pregnancy and infancy.

Fetal Growth Meeting, Toronto, ON - Nov 17-19, 2016

Stephanie Giza, MSc student, received the MSH Maternal Fetal Medicine Award for her abstract, A Quantitative Tool for the Study of Adipose Tissue Development in Utero: 3D Water-Fat MRI