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The program is subject to change

*Exhibit and poster area will be open throughout the congress program 

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

  • 07:00 08:00


    Proudly sponsored by the Terry Fox Foundation

    Chair: Somdat Mahabir


    • Perinatal Immune Development and Infection and Childhood Leukemia, Joseph Leo Wiemels 
    • A New Era for Epigenetic Epidemiology in DOHaD, Robert A. Waterland
  • 08:00 09:00

    Keynote Lectures

    Co-chairs: Stephen Matthews and Mary Wlodek


  • 09:00 10:00

    Presidential Plenary x4

    Co-chairs: Steve Matthews and Mary Wlodek

    • Pilot Evaluation of An Online Family Engagement in Research Course For Parents And Researchers In The Field Of Neurodevelopmental Disability, Alice Kelen Soper

    • Exposure To Childhood Adversities and Cardiovascular Diseases: Mediation By Health Behaviors And Mental Distress, and Moderation By Race/Ethnicity and Income, Jalal Uddin

    • Vitamin B12 And Folate Status And Its Association With Maternal Weight And Newborn Nutritional Status, Isabel González-Ludlow

    • Mono-Ethylhexyl Phthalate Induces Overall and Sex-Specific Transcriptomic Changes In Placental Cells, Samantha Lapehn

  • 10:00 12:00

    Posters & Coffee

  • 12:00 13:00

    Keynote Lecture

    Chair: John O'Neil

    • Early Childhood Care and Education of Indigenous Children, Margo Greenwood OC PhD

  • 12:00 13:00

    Lunch on Own

  • 13:00 14:30

    Evolutionary and Anthropological Perspectives on Maternal Pregnancy Supplementation

    Proudly sponsored by Kids Brain Health Network

    Co-chairs: Paola Casanello and María Fernanda Mujica

    • Evolutionary Perspectives on Maternal Nutritional Buffering During Pregnancy: Insights from Studies of Famine and Pregnancy Macronutrient Supplementation, Christopher Kuzawa
    • Gestating Parents as Endpoints of Nutritional Intervention: an Evolutionary Approach to Energy Allocation in Pregnancy, Meredith Reiches
    • Trial Participation for DOHaD Research: Social and Ethical Implications, Michelle Pentecost
  • 13:00 14:30

    Human Milk and DOHaD: Fundamental Dynamics to Applied Interventions

    Proudly sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Co-chairs: Meghan Azad and Katie Hinde

    • Breast Versus Bottle-Feeding Human Milk: Identifying Early Responsive Feeding Behaviours to Shape Long-Term Feeding Patterns, Kyly Whitfield
    • RCT of a Relaxation Intervention for Breastfeeding Mothers – Impact on Milk Synthesis/Production, Composition, Breastfeeding Success and Infant Outcomes, Nurul Husna Mohd Shukri
    • More Milk for Daughters? Sex-Differentiated Breastfeeding in Two Human Birth Cohorts and Sex-Differentiated Milk Synthesis in Rhesus Macaques, Meghan Azad and Katie Hinde
  • 13:00 14:30

    Preconception and Periconception Exposures: Stress, Alcohol and Vitamins

    Proudly supported by CanFASD & Health Nexus

    Co-chairs: Shu-Li Wang and Meaghan Jones

    • Transgenerational Effects of Maternal Stress, Nastassja Koen
    • Folate Pathway Abnormalities and Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying Inter- and Trans-Genererational Birth Defects, Erica Watson
    • Periconceptional Binge Alcohol and Birth Defects, Serge McGraw
  • 13:00 14:30

    Environmental Crisis and Development

    Prouldy sponsored by Fonds de recherche du Québec & Burroughs Wellcome Fund

    Co-chairs: Tessa Roseboom and Mia McLean

    • Prenatal Maternal Stress on Child Development, Suzanne King
    • Maternal Depression and Superstorm Sandy, Yoko Nomura
    • Conceptual Model of Prenatal Maternal Stress (Hurricane, Earthquake, Childhood Trauma, COVID), Emily Harville
  • 13:00 14:30

    Domestic Animal DOHaD and Epigenetics

    Proudly sponsored by Fonds de recherche du Québec

    Co-chairs: Janice Bailey and Simin Lafontaine

    • How the Controlled Environment in Domestic Animal Industry Could Document the Epigenetic Inheritance in Complement to Genetic Information, Marc-Andre Sirard
    • How the Animal Models Have Answered Mechanistic Questions Related to the Intergenerational Inheritance, Sarah Kimmins
    • Integrating Animal Research in the DOHaD Paradigm, the World is Awakening, Pascale Chavatte-Palmer
  • 13:00 14:30

    Applications of artificial intelligence to improve health outcomes across the lifespan

    Proudly sponsored by Kids Brain Health Network

    Co-chairs: James Reynolds and Pablo Toledo

    • Using Artificial Intelligence to Understand Sound Sensitivity in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Elina Birmingham and Siamak Arzanpour
    • Development and Implementation of Lifestyle Care Using a Life Course Approach, Regine Steegers-Theuissen
    • Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Facilitate Knowledge Mobilization for Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and their Families, Francois Bolduc
  • 14:30 15:00

    Coffee/Tea Service

  • 15:00 16:30

    Open Oral: Neurodevelopment, Disabilities and Mental Health

    Co-chairs: Catherine Draper and Timothy Regnault

    • Childhood And Life Course Socioeconomic Position And Cognitive Function In Adult Population Of The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study Of Latino (HCHS/SOL), Paola Filigrana
    • Increased Developmental Delay Among Pandemic-Born Infants, Gerry Giesbrecht
    • Mental Health Challenges During Covid-19 For Parents And Children With Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Genevieve Currie
    • Maternal Dietary Quality, Inflammatory Potential During Pregnancy And Child Neurodevelopment: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis Of Five European Cohorts, Kinga Polanska 
    • Can Neonatal Tractography Of The Brain Reward And Limbic System Help Explain A Predisposition To Neurodevelopmental And Metabolic Outcomes In Offspring Exposed To Antenatal Maternal Obesity? Julie Sigurdardottir
    • Maternal Vitamin B12, Folate During Pregnancy And Brain Structural Connectivity In Young Adult Offspring Of The Pune Maternal Nutrition Study, Rishikesh Behere
  • 15:00 16:30

    Open Oral: DOHaD Mechanisms: Microbiome, Immune and Endocrine

    Co-chairs: Anita Kozyrskyj and Tatiane Ribeiro

    • Maternal Glyphosate Exposure Induces Alterations in Behaviour, Gut Microbiota And Gene Expression, Lisa Buchenauer
    • Early Life Factors Influencing Child Gut Microbiota At 3.5 Years From Two French Birth Cohorts: A DOHaD Perspective, Gaël Toubon 
    • Maternal Antibiotic and Prebiotic Administration Alter Offspring Gut Microbiota and Obesity Risk, Dana Lowry
    • Early Life Infection Is Associated with Proinflammatory And Atherogenic Metabolomic And Lipidomic Profiles In Infancy, Toby Mansell
    • Maternal Obesity and Gestational Weight Gain In Association With Child Behavior: The Role Of Inflammation, Elnaz Vaghef Mehrabany 
    • Gestational Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Disrupts Pancreatic Development: a Role of Extracellular Vesicles, Thea Golden
  • 15:00 16:30

    Open Oral: DOHaD, Knowledge Translation and Education

    Co-chairs: Jacqueline Peo and Sushma Raghoenath-Munshi

    • Translating Knowledge To Practice: Implementation Of The Family Check-Up® In Autism Service Settings, Terry Bennett
    • Qualitative Evaluation Of A Community Engagement Tool (Chat) For Nutrition In Sub-Saharan Africa, Daniella Watson
    • Weaving Trust And Relationships Into Kidsaction Implementation Research With Indigenous Partners, Stephanie Glegg
    • Using Compass to Navigate the Support And Interventions Journey For FASD, Vannesa Joly
    • Developing Adolescent - Specific Pandemic Resources with Community Consultation, Shania Bhopa
    • Dietary Beliefs and Practices During Pregnancy And Lactation In Rural India: A Qualitative Study, Shama V. Joseph
  • 15:00 16:30

    Open Oral: Moderators / Modifiers and Multigenerational Outcomes

    Co-chairs: Torsten Plosch and Roberto Villalobos

    • Social Needs of South African Mothers And Pregnant Women Around Nutrition In A Low-Income Urban Area, Agnes Erzse
    • Protective Factors That Mitigate Maternal Depression During Early Critical Periods In New Zealand, Charlotte Farewell
    • Maternal Diet Quality, Night-Eating, Fasting Duration and Offspring Metabolic Health at Age 6 Years: The Gusto Study, Ling-Weir Chen
    • Pregnancy Diets in Women with Historical Fall-Winter Seasonla Affective Disorder Support an Evolutionary Model: Implications for Fetal Neurodevelopment, Robert Levitan
    • Intergenerational Transmission of Stress: Multi-Domain Stressors From Maternal Childhood And Pregnancy Predict Children’s Mental Health In A Racially And Socioeconomically Diverse, Multi-Site Cohort, Nicole Bush
    • Synthetic Glucocorticoids Modify Micrornas In Sperm And Extracellular Vesicles In The Epididymis: Implications For Intergenerational Transmission And Fertility, Christoppher Casciaro
  • 15:00 16:30

    Open Oral: Early Growth Outcomes

    Co-chairs: Samantha Lee and Paul Taylor

    • Paternal BMI In the Preconception Period And Association With Child ZBMI Growth Rates, Arin Deveci
    • Effects Of Assisted Reproductive Technology On Offspring Growth, Adiposity, And Cardio-Metabolic Outcomes: Findings From Up To 158,000 Births In The Art-Health Cohort Collaboration, Ahmed Elhakeem
    • Long-Term Disease Occurrence, Growth And Development In Offspring Of Parents With Autoimmune Disease, Hyeong Sik Ahn
    • Third Trimester Fetal Thoracic Size And Growth And Infant Lung Function. A Prospective Cohort Study, Katarina Hilde
    • Postnatal Serum Total Thyroxine Level Associated With The Short-Term And Long-Term Anthropometric Outcomes In Very Preterm Infants, Yen Ju Chen
    • Maternal Serum Ferritin Concentrations During The Second And Third Trimesters Of Pregnancy Are Associated With Birth Outcomes And Early Infant Iron Status, Jenna Evanchuk
  • 15:00 16:30

    Open Oral: DOHaD Mechanisms: Placenta and Nutrition Delivery

    Co-chairs: Mary Wlodek and Samantha Lapehn

    • Placental Extracellular Vesicles Promote Cardiomyocyte Growth And Fetal Heart Development, Maiyan Jeyarajah 
    • Placental Endocrine Malfunction Programmes Sex-Specific Adipose Dysfunction in Offspring, Amanda Rodgers 
    • Sex-Specific Effect of Maternal ZIKV Infection On Placental Nutrient Transporters Expression In Mice, Daniela Pereira Carvalho
    • A Maternal High Fat Diet In The Rat Increases Apoptotic and Proliferation Proteins In The Testis Of Adult Offspring, Graciela Pedrana
    • First Trimester Placenta-Derived Small Extracellular Vesicles Micrornas May Impact Infant Adiposity, Laura Reck Cechinel
    • Perinatal Iron Deficiency Causes Sex-Dependent Changes in Renal Retinoic Acid Pathways In Offspring, Alyssa Wiedemeyer
  • 16:30 18:00

    Closing Ceremony

    Presentation of Trainee Awards: Stephen Matthews, James Reynolds, Nicky Lewis

    Concluding Comments: Lucilla Poston, John Challis and Janice Bailey