Congratulations to our presenters!

Several team members had the great opportunity to for knowledge translation of our research findings with presentations at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting on February 14-17, 2018 in Banff, Alberta. Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Marinela Grabovac on her oral presentation: “Interventions to try to prevent preterm birth in women with a history of conization: a systematic review and meta-analyses”20180216_221054
  • Dr. Catherine Dagenais on her poster presentation: “What is the safest mode of delivery for extremely preterm cephalic/non-cephalic twin pairs? A systematic review and meta-analyses”IMG_4121
  • Kristen Viaje on her poster presentation: “A clinical care pathway for obese pregnant women: a pragmatic pilot cluster randomized controlled trial”29746349_2022145964669963_1559960473_o-e1522167688228.jpg

Their conference abstracts are available at: http://www.cnprm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/CNPRM-2018-full-program-rev-08-02-18.pdf

Congratulations also to Julianne Feng on her poster presentation “Mode of Birth for extremely preterm vertex singletons: systematic review and meta-analysis” at the Bachelor of Health Science Poster Day 2018 on March 26.

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Thank you all for your work on knowledge translation of our research findings!

Fall Presentations

Dr. McDonald enjoyed presenting a talk and workshop at the national Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Continuing Medical Education (CME) 2017 entitled “Little BIG Talk: Progesterone and preterm birth” Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Continuing Medical Education (CME) 2017. November 30, 2017. Toronto – ON and “Progesterone and preterm birth: Workshop”. Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Continuing Medical Education (CME) 2017. November 30, 2017. Toronto – ON.

Dr. McDonald was pleased to give other presentations this fall:

“Evidence for progesterone in women with a previous PTB, or current short cervixSouthern Ontario Obstetrical Network (SOON) Alliance for the Prevention of Preterm Birth and Stillbirth (The Alliance), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, November 28, 2017 – Toronto, ON

“Progesterone for Prevention of Preterm Birth”. Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2017, The College of Family Physicians of Canada. November 10, 2017 – Montreal, QC. (national conference)

“Revisiting Antenatal Corticosteroids: Tailoring the Timing and Use of a Powerful Drug”. McMaster University, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds, McMaster University Medical Centre, November 1, 2017 – Hamilton, ON

As a member of the External Advisory Committee, Dr McDonald enjoyed participating in the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System meeting in Ottawa Nov 21-22, 2017.

Welcome Dr. Michael Yu!

We warmly welcome Dr. Michael Yu to the team, who has joined us as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Perinatal Predictive ModelingDr. Yu has a medical degree from Tianjin Medical University in China, and a MPH and PhD from the University of Eastern Finland.

He brings a great depth of research experience and we look forward to working together to improve the health of women and infants!

Welcome Dr. Lina Santaguida!

Welcome Dr. Lina Santaguida !  

Dr. Santaguida is an Assistant Professor in McMaster’s Department of Research Methods, Evidence & Impact and will be joining the team.

Beyond a PhD from U of T, she has vast experience in methodology in systematic review, successful grants with CIHR, AHRQ and other agencies, ‘real world’ research experience including management of large projects, and a host of other skills.

A very warm welcome, Lina!  We look forward to working together with you to improve the health of women and infants! 

“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: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/867270
  2. Medical Xpress: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-lisa-strategy-chronic-lung-disease.html
  3. Hamilton Spectator: http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6811732-mcmaster-finds-best-way-to-ventilate-preemies/
  4. Clinical Advisors: http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/pulmonology-information-center/preventing-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-in-preterm-infants/article/516479/
  5. Deutsches Ärzteblatt: http://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichten/69976/Fruehgeburten-Sieben-Beatmungsmethoden-im-Vergleich
  6. McMaster University: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/news/news_2016/chronic_lung_html

 

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

Bon Voyage Alexander!

Last week, the team held a celebration for Alexander and Marinela. Marinela has recently begun her OBGYN residency at McMaster and we wish her the best on this endeavour. We thank Alexander, who has been with the team for 3 years, for all his dedication and hard work. Bon voyage! We look forward to their ongoing work with the team!

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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: https://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story/7408680-mcmaster-researchers-trying-to-predict-premature-birth-and-prevent-it/