Planning Commitees & Faculty

Fetal Growth Meeting 2016

International Advisory Committee Fetal Growth Meeting 2016

John Kingdom (Meeting Chair)

Professor and Chair of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ahmet Baschat

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

John Hopkins Unviersity, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Jason Gardosi

Professor, Perinatal Institute

Birmingham, England

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Francesc Figueras

Professor, Center for Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

University of Barcelona, Spain

Lesley McCowan

Professor and Chair of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Gordon Smith

Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

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Local Scientific Committee Fetal Growth Meeting 2016

Nir Melamed (Chair)

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Associate Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

JoAnn Johnson

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Head - Maternal Fetal Medicine

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Johannes Keunen

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Andrea Lausman

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sarah D. McDonald

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair the Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Mike Seed

Assistant Professor, Paediatrics  and Radiology

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Prakesh Shah

Professor of Paediatrics

Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

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Special thanks to the other members of the local Planning Committee for contribution and support of this program 

Dr. Howard Berger

Dr. Anne Biringer

Dr. Rohan  D'Souza

Dr. Milena Forte

Dr. Michael Geary

Dr. Ed Kelly

Dr. Stephen Lye

Dr. Stephen Matthews

Dr. Greg Ryan

Dr. John Sled

Dr. Rory Windrim

Faculty Fetal Growth Meeting 2016

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Montreal University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 

Dr François Audibert obtained his MD degree from the University of Paris in 1994, with a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After a research fellowship in the division of maternal fetal medicine, University of Memphis, Tennessee in 1995, he worked in maternal-fetal medicine at Hospital Antoine Béclère, university of Paris XI. His main interests have been clinical studies about preeclampsia, preterm labour, twin pregnancies, and prenatal screening. He has completed a master of epidemiology (University of Paris XI) in 2001, and was recruited as an associate professor at the Université de Montréal in 2003. He is currently Full Professor and Head of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Sainte-Justine Hospital, Université de Montréal.

Ahmet Baschat

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

John Hopkins Unviersity, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

 

Dr. Ahmet Baschat is director of the Center for Fetal Therapy and professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. His areas of clinical expertise include prenatal treatment of intrauterine growth restriction and fetal interventions for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), as well as other complications of monochorionic twin pregnancies. Dr. Baschat received his undergraduate and medical degrees from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He earned his doctorate in medicine (Dr. Med) from the University of Lübeck, where he also completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Baschat also completed residencies at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and at University of Maryland Medical Center. He performed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at University of Maryland Medical Center and went on to develop its Center for Advanced Fetal Care. Dr. Baschat joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2014.

Jon Barrett

Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Dr. Barrett is a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine from Toronto. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, in 1977 and following his internship and a year of ObGyn he moved to England. There he completed his specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1988 receiving his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  In 1990 he was awarded a two year research fellowship which resulted in a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1992. He then moved to Toronto where he completed a two year clinical fellowship in maternal Fetal medicine at the University of Toronto.  He is currently the Head of MFM at  Sunnybrook Health Science Centre Hospital and is an  Professor at the University of Toronto and an elected Fellow of the Royal College.  He is the Program Research Director of the Women and Babies Program at the Hospital, the Co-Director Clinical Trial Services  at Sunnybrook and holds  The Fred Waks Chair of MFM Research.  He has acted as a WHO advisor on Maternal Health,  is a Vice Chair  of the Board of the SOGC and the International Society of Twin Research and President of the Canadian Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Emmanuel Bujold

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Jeanne et Jean-Louis Lévesque Research Chair in Perinatology

Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

 

Dr. Emmanuel Bujold is a full professor at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of Laval University's School of Medicine where he holds the Jeanne et Jean-Louis Lévesque Research Chair in Perinatology.He completed his medical studies and his residency in obstetrics/gynaecology at the University of Montreal, Canada; his fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Wayne State University, USA followed by a Master in epidemiology at Laval University, Canada. His research interests center on vaginal birth after cesarean, preterm labor and delivery, as well as the prediction and prevention of preeclampsia and IUGR. He authored more than 600 scientific communications and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. He is the co-principal investigator of the PRISMA cluster randomized trial aiming at the recruitment of >25,000 women with uterine scar from 40 randomized perinatal center in Quebec’s province.

Paige Church

Assistant Professor of Paediatrics

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

 

Dr. Paige Terrien Church is an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.  She is on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as a staff neonatologist and is a consulting developmental behavioral pediatrician at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab.  She is the director of the Neonatal Follow Up Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Physician Lead in the spina bifida clinic.  Dr. Church is on the medical board of advisors for the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario.  She is the developmental scientific advisor for Three to Be Foundation.  She is board certified through the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics, Neonatology, and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics with an interest in the long-term outcomes of children either preterm or those with congenital anomalies. Dr. Church lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter, Elizabeth.  

Francesc Figueras

Professor, Center for Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

University of Barcelona, Spain

 

Dr. Francesc Figueras is consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Head of High-Risk Obstetrics and Fetal Growth &Preeclampsia Unit, in Hospital Clinic/University of Barcelona. Master in Methodology in Health Sciences. Author of 354 (Feb 2016) publications and 20 chapters in books on his field of expertise. Editor of the “Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology” and “Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy” journals. Invited speaker in ~250 courses /congresses. Associate Professor in the University of Barcelona.

Jason Gardosi

Professor, Perinatal Institute

Birmingham, England

 

Dr. Professor Jason Gardosi is the Director of the Perinatal Institute in Birmingham, UK - a multidisciplinary not-for-profit organisation set up to enhance the quality and safety of maternity care The Institute is recipient of consecutive national Patient Safety Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the 2015 BMJ Award for Clinical Leadership, for reducing stillbirth rates in England. Jason’s main interests are fetal growth, antepartum and intrapartum surveillance, perinatal epidemiology and clinical audit.

Michael Geary

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Dr. Geary completed Medical School and Residency in Ireland. He did further training in the UK at University College Hospital London, one of the busiest Maternity Units in the UK. He completed an award-winning medical doctorate in the area of fetal growth and has received many academic awards at both national and international scientific meetings. In 2001, Dr. Geary did Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship training at the University of Toronto before returning to Ireland to take up the post of Master/Clinical CEO of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. He held academic appointments as Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at both Trinity College Dublin and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. Geary was appointed Chief of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology St. Michael’s Hospital in October 2014. Dr. Geary is a Professor and lead for Obstetrics on the Quality Improvement Committee at the University of Toronto. He has a wide range of interests in general Obstetrics and Gynecology and has a special interest in providing care in high risk obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine and prenatal diagnosis. He also runs a general Gynecology service. He is married to Dominique and they have five children.

Katherine Laughon Grantz

Perinatal Epidemiologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, USA

 

Dr. Dr. Katherine Grantz (née S. Katherine Laughon) is a perinatal epidemiologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist. She is an investigator in the Epidemiology Branch, DIPHR, NICHD, NIH and attending physician on staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center with a faculty appointment at Georgetown University. Dr. Grantz’s overarching research objective is to provide evidence that will guide clinical management strategies for pregnancy complications, including prediction and determining approaches to optimize maternal and neonatal outcomes.  She is co-principal investigator of the NICHD Fetal Growth Study with ongoing projects evaluating fetal growth patterns in pregnancies with medical and obstetrical complications as well as determining how to best characterize twin growth discordance. Dr. Grantz is also the principal investigator for the Fetal 3D Study.

Katie Groom

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

 

 

Katie Groom is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Auckland and a Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at National Women’s Health, Auckland City Hospital. Her research focuses on clinical trials of therapies and interventions for the prevention and treatment of the major complications of pregnancy – preterm birth, preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. She is currently the Chief Investigator for STRIDER NZAus, a multicentre RCT of sildenafil for the treatment of early onset IUGR and the EPPI trial, a multicentre RCT of enoxaparin for the prevention of preeclampsia and IUGR.Katie is a member of PSANZ Board of Directors, the ACTA Board of Directors, the IMPACT Network Steering Committee and Chair of the IMPACT Network Operational Committee. She is honorary Senior Lecturer at the Liggins Institute, Associate Investigator of Gravida (National Research Centre for Growth and Development) and a Medical Advisor to NZAPEC (New Zealand Action on Preeclampsia Charitable Trust). 

Alexander Heazell

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetricss

University of Manchester, Manchester, England

 

Dr Alexander Heazell is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Clinical Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK. His research portfolio includes a profile of basic science, clinical and qualitative research studies focussed on better understanding leading to prevention of stillbirth and improving care for parents after stillbirth. He has published over 100 research papers and received national and international awards for his work on stillbirth and placental dysfunction, and for improving care. He is currently the Chair of the International Stillbirth Alliance.

Joann Johnson

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Head - Maternal Fetal Medicine

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Dr JoAnn Johnson is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and head of the Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her main areas of clinical interest are prenatal screening and diagnosis and first trimester screening for adverse pregnancy outcome. Her current research interests are the evaluation of the role of cffDNA in prenatal diagnosis, and first trimester prediction of preeclampsia and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Sarah Keating

Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology

Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Sarah Keating is the Director of Perinatal Pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto with a cross appointment to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Since joining the department in 2001, she and her colleagues have built a diagnostic, research, and educational perinatal pathology program at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her department now offers a dedicated perinatal pathology fellowship program.  Her research focuses on the placenta and she has collaborative extensively with the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. 

Johannes Keunen

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Dr Johannes Keunen, MD PhD, Assistant Professor University of Toronto, Staff Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital since 2007. My practice focuses on Fetal Therapy and Complicated Monochorionic Twin Pregnancies. My hobby is spending time with my two beautiful daughters.

John Kingdom

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Dr. Kingdom joined the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto in 1998 and is currently Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Medical Imaging and Physiology. He is a member of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division at Mount Sinai Hospital and directed the Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship program at the University of Toronto 1999-2009. He was the inaugural Rose Torno Chair in Reproductive Biology, 2005-2016.

Andrea Lausman

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Dr. Andrea Lausman graduated from the University of Western Ontario Medical School and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a two-year fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is currently appointed at St. Michael’s Hospital as a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and Head of Labour and Delivery. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Her current clinical practice is varied, but includes a focus on maternal complications of pregnancy, and critical care in obstetrics.

Lesley McCowan

Head, Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand 

 

Dr. Lesley McCowan is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and Head of the Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand . A key clinical interest is detection and management of fetal growth restriction. She is the New Zealand PI on the International SCOPE (screening for pregnancy endpoints) study and developed , evaluated and recently updated customised centiles for use in the New Zealand setting. She is a co-investigtor on clinical trials designed to prevent and treat fetal growth restriction. She had a lead role in development of the New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network guideline for management of small for gestational age pregnancies beyond 34 weeks’. She has published widely in fetal growth restriction research including : the role of Doppler studies, risk factors for small for gestational age(SGA) babies, prediction of SGA, comparisons of outcomes using customised and population based standards (including Intergrowth 21st) as well as longer term outcomes in SGA infants.

Sarah D. McDonald

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair the Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

 

Dr. Sarah D. McDonald is the first Canada Research Chair in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, at McMaster University where she is an Associate Professor. This followed her Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award for salary support in 2009 as well as the CIHR award for Rising Star in Perinatal Research. She is also an Associate Member, Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Diagnostic Imaging. In addition she holds Graduate Faculty Status, Health Research Methodology (HRM). Her clinical work deals with high risk pregnancies.She received her MD from the University of Toronto, her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency from the University of Ottawa and her Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship from the University of Toronto. In addition, in 2006 at the University of Toronto, she completed her MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, forming the basis of her research. Prior to coming to McMaster, Dr. McDonald was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Ottawa and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Health Research Institute.

Nir Melamed

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Associate Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Dr. Melamed is a staff physician in the maternal-fetal medicine division in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an associate scientist in the Sunnybrook Research Institute. He holds an appointment of an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Toronto. Dr. Melamed has co-authored over 100 original research papers, as well as 10 book chapters and reviews, and his research has been presented in numerous national and international congresses. His main topics of interest include fetal growth and placental disease, prediction of preterm birth, and origin of adult disease.

Eric Morgen

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology

Univesity of Toronto/Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Eric Morgen is a perinatal pathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. His clinical practice focuses on placental pathology and perinatal autopsy for high-risk pregnancies. His research has focused on combining epidemiology, computational biology, and pathology for the discovery and characterization of clinically relevant biomarkers. Prior and ongoing projects include pharmacogenomics and genetic prognostic biomarkers in cancer, placental and serum biomarkers of poor obstetrical outcomes, and the epidemiology of redundant testing in clinical laboratories. 

Nan Okun

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 

Head, Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Toronto,Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Nan Okun has been a member of division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto since 2001.  Nan went to nursing school at University of British Columbia, med school at University of British Columbia, residency at University  of Alberta, and did fellowship at the University  of Ottawa.  Nan is presently co-director of the Mount Sinai Hospital Centre for Excellent in Obstetrics and Ultrasound, medical director of prenatal screening program at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Nan is a Professor at University of Toronto and is Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Wendy Robinson

Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Education in the Faculty of Medicine

Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

 

Wendy Robinson earned a PhD in Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in population genetics and genetic epidemiology, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, from 1989-1994 focusing on chromosomal disorders.  Since 1994, Dr. Robinson has been a faculty member of the Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she is currently full professor. She is also on the Research Leadership Council at the BC Child & Family Research Institute and Asst. Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Education in the Faculty of Medicine.  Her research interests involve many areas, including genetic and epigenetic aspects of placental and early human development and pregnancy complication, and bridges from basic biology to clinical application. 

Greg Ryan

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 

Head of Fetal Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Greg Ryan is a Perinatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.  He is head of the University of Toronto Fetal Medicine program, which is based at Mount Sinai.  He is a Professor in the Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Toronto & is cross appointed to the Dept. of Medical Imaging.  Greg trained in Dublin, Winnipeg, Hamilton, To