Canadian Institute of Health Research: The Faces of Health Research

We are excited to share a piece published in the CIHR’s health research storybook: The faces of health research. Available in the July 2019 CIHR Access Newsletter, ‘Preventing Preterm Birth and its Consequences’ describes Dr. McDonald’s personal experiences, the team’s research on progesterone as a preventative measure against preterm birth, as well as our other current endeavours.

More details are available here.

“Researchers find best strategy to prevent chronic lung disease in preterm infants”

The study “Association of Noninvasive Ventilation Strategies With Mortality and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Among Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in August 2016. This study was co-authored by Dr. Sarah McDonald, the originator of the study, and Dr. Tetsuya Isayama, the lead author.

Together, they compared different ventilation strategies in order to determine how to best ventilate preterm infants and concluded that Less Invasive Surfactant Administration (LISA) was the best.

The study was featured in several online news sites:

  1. Medscape- Reuter Health Information:
  2. Medical Xpress:
  3. Hamilton Spectator:
  4. Clinical Advisors:
  5. Deutsches Ärzteblatt:
  6. McMaster University:


Article: Isayama T, Iwami H, McDonald S, Beyene J. Association of noninvasive ventilation strategies with mortality and bronchopulmonary dysplasia among preterm infants. A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2016;316(6):611-624; doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.10708

AM900 CHML Radio Feature

On July 6, AM900 CHML Radio featured an interview with Dr. Sarah McDonald, hosted by Jamie West. The interview ran at 12:35 pm that afternoon and discussed Dr. McDonald’s Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded study on predicting and preventing premature labour.

The same day, the Hamilton Spectator also published an article discussing the study:

“McMaster researchers trying to predict premature birth and prevent it”

On July 6, an article in the Hamilton Spectator, “McMaster researchers trying to predict premature birth and prevent it”, featured Dr. Sarah McDonald’s CIHR-funded study on preterm birth.

The study involves analyzing data from thousands of births in Ontario in order to identify factors in the mother’s medical history or in the current pregnancy to better identify women at risk of preterm birth. This will be an important step in the process of developing a clinical tool to assist clinicians in targeting care.

The full article is available at:

“CIHR grants awarded to two studies looking at preemies”

On July 4, McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences published an article, “CIHR grants awarded to two studies looking at preemies”, including a feature on Dr. Sarah McDonald and her work on risk assessment prediction models for preterm birth.

Preterm birth is the leading cause of death and long-term disability in infants, affecting 1 in 12 births in Canada. Dr. Mcdonald’s work aims to create a tool to assist clinicians in identifying which women are at risk of preterm birth to better target care.

The full article is available at: