Congratulations to our upcoming presenters at the CNPRM!


We are excited to announce that Dr. Marinela Gravobac, Kiran Ninan, Sugee Liyanage and Rifaa Ali, and Dr. Ali Marseu will be presenting their abstracts as oral presentations at the 7th Annual Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) this upcoming February 12th to 15th, 2020 in Banff, Alberta. Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Marinela Grabovac on her oral presentation on “Deferred cord clamping in twins: a retrospective cohort study” (Dr. M Grabovac, Dr. M Beltempo, Dr. J Yang, Dr. J Beyene, Dr. A Lodha, Dr. A Grigoriu, Dr. K Barrington, Dr. C O’Quinn, under the supervision of Dr. S McDonald).
  • Kiran Ninan on his oral presentation with under the supervision of Dr. S McDonald on his abstract “What do clinical practice guidelines suggest for deferred cord clamping for preterm and term infants and how evidence-based are they? A systematic review” (Ninan K, Liyanage SK, Ali R, under the supervision of Dr. S McDonald).
  • Dr. Ali Marseu on her oral presentation on “Clinician Delphi on mode of delivery in extremely preterm breech singletons” (Dr. A Marseu, Dr. G Moore, Dr. P Santaguida, Dr. A Mukerji, under the supervision of Dr. S McDonald).

Congratulations once again to our team members for their remarkable work in helping infants and mothers be healthier. We have full confidence that their orals will showcase their wonderful contributions to the team’s research and their knowledge communication abilities!

Our work on antenatal corticosteroids

With the new year, we are excited to continue our work on antenatal corticosteroid use to improve neonatal outcomes. Recently we submitted the protocol for a study “Maternal and neonatal outcomes of lower vs. standard doses of antenatal corticosteroids for women at risk of preterm birth; A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” to Prospero for registration on December 10, 2019.


Encouraging news about tiny babies survival in Canada!

With each week of pregnancy, the baby’s chances improve for survival.

In all Canadian infants in 2018 who received resuscitation, survival is approximately as follows:

At 22 weeks, approximately 34 out of 100 infants survive

At 23 weeks, approximately 50 out of 100 infants survive

At 24 weeks, approximately 75 out of 100 infants survive

At 25 weeks, approximately 80 out of 100 infants survive

At 26 weeks, approximately 90 out of 100 infants survive

At 27 weeks, approximately 91 out of 100 infants survive

(from the recently published 2018 Canadian Neonatal Network/Canadian Preterm Birth Network Annual Report)

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Meeting with Ms Emiko Hayashi, president of Japanese parent group for preterm birth

Thank you to Ms Emiko Hayashi, president of Japanese parent group for preterm birth, for meeting with me, her son and Dr Tetsuya Isayama, a Japanese neonatologist and Head, Division of Neonatology, National Centre for Child Health and Development. Congratulations Ms Hayashi on starting this amazing group of 3,000 parents! Thank you for sharing your parent resources! Ms Fabi Bacchini from Canadian Premature Babies Foundation is keen to share CPBF resources with your members hence I will be putting you in touch!

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Great visit to Tokyo’s National Centre for Children’s Health and Development (NCCHD)!

Thank you to Drs Sago, Ito and Isayama for a wonderful  visit to Tokyo’s National Centre for Children’s Health and Development (NCCHD)! I enjoyed learning more about each of your research along with Dr Tomo Suzuki’s. Congratulations on your new evidence-based approach to PTB management! I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with your colleagues in Neonatology, Obstetrics, Ob Medicine, Ob Anesthesia, Pharmacology and your trainees!

Visit to Nagano and Azumino City

I appreciated Professor Nakamura’s hospitality in Nagano and Azumino City!  It was great to discuss neonatal and antenatal management of preterm birth with him and Drs Masayo KokuboKeisuke NakajimaMiyoko Terao, and Dalia Rodriguez Reyes (from Monterrey, Mexico). Thank you for a wonderful visit and delicious dinner in “the Japanese Alps” as you taught me your area is called, with good reason!

McMaster remains tops for research intensity

We are pleased to learn that for a third year consecutively, McMaster is the most research-intensive university in Canada! On average, researchers at McMaster earned $439,500 (more than 2x the national average), and McMaster’s total sponsored research income has increased by more than $12 million from last year to a total of $391.6 million. We are excited to learn about the future advances in research that McMaster has to offer in the coming year!

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