2019 Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society

February 11-12, 2019
Fairmont Tremblant – Mont-Tremblant, Quebéc, Canada

The 3rd Scientific Meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society will be held February 11th & 12th, 2019 at the Fairmont Tremblant, Mont Tremblant, Qc.

DOHaD Canada is pleased to host the 3rd annual scientific meeting of the Canadian DOHaD Society on February 11 & 12, 2019, taking place at the Fairmont Tremblant in Mont Tremblant, Quebec (approximately 90 minutes north of Montreal, and 2h north-east of Ottawa). We acknowledge that we meet on the traditional homelands of the Algonquin Anishnabeg and their ancestors. Original Peoples of these lands and waters are the Kitigan Zibi Nation, located at the meeting place of the Désert and Gatineau Rivers. We are very grateful for the privilege of meeting on these lands.

The conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of biomedical researchers, clinician scientists, epidemiologists, population health scientists, industry representatives and policy leaders from across Canada who share a common interest in the field of DOHaD. The program is designed to address the priorities of the DOHaD community in Canada, as well as to offer mentoring, networking, and collaboration opportunities.

An exciting scientific program is planned which includes three thematic sessions : Epigenetics and Omics Mechanisms Underlying DOHaD, Vulnerable and At Risk Populations, and Solution-Oriented DOHaD Research. The program will include Keynote addresses by Dr. Tessa Roseboom (Principal Investigator, the Dutch famine birth cohort; University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Robert A. Waterland (Professor, Nutritional influences on developmental epigenetics; Baylor College of Medicine). The meeting will also feature talks by invited Canadian speakers and selected trainees, an Outreach, Networking and Collaboration Event, as well as addresses and updates about the 2021 World Congress on DOHaD that will be held in Canada. A poster session will also be held in conjunction with the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, February 12-15, 2019 (www.cnprm.org).

DOHaD Canada is holding its meeting in conjunction with the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM). If you are also attending the CNPRM 2019 meeting, you only need to make 1 hotel reservation that includes the appropriate dates. (However, you still need to register for BOTH meetings separately!)  To register for CNPRM and arrange accommodations for BOTH meetings, please go to the CNPRM meeting site.

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Fairmont Tremblant,
3045 Chemin de la Chapelle, Mont-Tremblant 

You can make your hotel reservation using this link: https://www.cnprm.org/venue/. If you are also attending the CNPRM 2019 meeting, you only need to make ONE hotel reservation that includes the appropriate dates. However, please note that while CNPRM 2019 will cover accommodation costs for trainees (12th through to the 14th February, 3 nights), extra accommodation requirements on either side of this block will need to be covered by the
registrant. Also please remember you still need to register for BOTH meetings separately here http://dohad.utoronto.ca/meeting2019/ and here https://www.cnprm.org/registration/.

There are a number of shuttle options for attendees coming from Montreal or Ottawa.

Click here for directions.

Keynote Speakers

Tessa Roseboom is a Professor of Early Development and Health at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her work focusses on the impact of the early life environment on growth, development and health throughout life. Her studies in the Dutch famine birth cohort provided the first direct evidence in humans that maternal nutrition during gestation affected offspring´s and potentially grand-offspring’s health (www.hongerwinter.nl). Her current research focuses on the fundamental biological processes that underlie ‘developmental programming’ and on translation to current pregnancies, in developed and developing settings. These studies include observational and experimental studies of the long term consequences of lifestyle interventions before and during pregnancy (www.womb-project.eu), obstetric interventions, hyperemesis gravidarum, and assisted reproduction techniques. The ultimate aim of her work is to contribute to improved human health by giving each child the best possible start in life.

Dr. Robert Waterland, a Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular & Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, is based in the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston, Texas.  He earned his B.S. in Physics from Virginia Tech, then worked for several years at the University of Pennsylvania, with Britton Chance and then Albert Stunkard. After earning his Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Cornell (with Cutberto Garza), he conducted postdoctoral research in developmental genetics with Randy Jirtle at Duke. Dr. Waterland’s research focuses on understanding fundamental mechanisms of ‘developmental programming’, i.e. how prenatal and early postnatal environments induce persistent alterations in gene expression, metabolism, and risk of disease. In particular, his laboratory explores the mechanisms by which nutrition and other early environmental influences affect developmental epigenetics, with a focus on DNA methylation. He serves on the council of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

Speakers – Faculty

Programming obesity in offspring exposed to gestational diabetes: The epigenome starts revealing some of its secrets.

Dr Bouchard is associate professor of genetics and epigenetics at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke and head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the university-affiliated Chicoutimi Hospital (QC, Canada). After a Ph.D. training in genetic epidemiology at Université Laval, he completed postdoctoral fellowships in transcriptomics (CHU de Québec) and epigenomics (University of Toronto). Pr Bouchard has extensive expertise in genetics/epigenetics of metabolic disorders and has made significant contributions to understand the role of epigenetic mechanisms in the development of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. He was awarded the 2018 Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Young Investigator Award, the 2015 Robert H. Haynes Young Scientist Award and the 2010 Jonathan-Ballon Prize, among others.

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Dr. Kristin Connor is an Assistant Professor of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in the Department of Health Sciences at Carleton University. She is a molecular geneticist and nutritionist by first training (University of Guelph) and obtained her doctorate in reproductive and developmental physiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she conducted her research internationally. Dr. Connor was a Research Fellow and Investigator at the Liggins Institute and the National Research Centre for Growth and Development in Auckland, New Zealand, and a senior Research Fellow at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where she currently conducts her human clinical research. Dr. Connor works with investigators nationally and her collaborations extend beyond Canada to teams in the United States, Brazil, France, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Connor has received various recognitions such as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship, awards from international research societies including the International Society of Endocrinology and the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and was named a Venture Sinai Women’s Fellow. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.


Dr. Serge McGraw is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, and Researcher at the Research Center of the CHU Sainte-Justine. He is a molecular and reproductive biologist by training, with broad expertise in the field of epigenetics. Dr.  McGraw’s main research focuses on understanding the epigenetic instability that occurs when the reprogramming of DNA methylation profiles is interrupted during early embryonic development. His research laboratory aims to understand how, during the development of the embryo, a dysregulation of the epigenetic program may be involved in the occurrence of prenatal or postnatal developmental disorders. In particular, using a pre-clinical mouse model of early embryonic alcohol exposure, his laboratory investigates how early alterations in the embryo’s developmental program can influence future brain development and function. serge.mcgraw@umontreal.ca

Organizers Scientific Committee:
Kristi Adamo (University of Ottawa)
Shannon Bainbridge (University of Ottawa)
Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson (University of Ottawa)
David Grynspan (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario)
Martin Holcik (Carleton University)
Luigi Bouchard (Université de Sherbrooke)
Marc-André Sirard (Université Laval)
Jacquetta Trasler (McGill University)