David M. Olson, Ph.D., FRCOG, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Physiology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
David M. Olson, Ph.D., FRCOG is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Physiology at the University of Alberta. His work is dedicated to improving maternal-child health, especially preterm birth. Educated at Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), the University of Minnesota, St. Louis University, and Western University, he directed or co-directed the University of Alberta Perinatal Research Centre, the CIHR Group in Perinatal Health and Disease, the CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Maternal-Fetal-Newborn Health Research, and the AIHS Interdisciplinary Preterm Birth and Healthy Outcomes Team. He currently directs the international GAPPS Inflammatory Pathways to Preterm Birth and PREBIC Optimal Pregnancy Environment Risk Assessment (OPERA) teams. He is a founding board member of the Child Health Research Institute (London, Ontario), The Mogenson Trust (Western University), The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research and has been elected to serve as an officer of several national and international societies, including President of the Canadian Investigators in Reproduction and Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. He founded and organized the Western Perinatal Research Meeting in Banff from 1993-2013 and then the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting in 2014. More than 1500 trainees have attended and presented their work at these meetings. His laboratory studies the interactions of prostaglandins, steroids, inflammatory mediators and stress and allostatic load on birth and fetal development. Recently he filed patents and founded companies to translate laboratory discoveries to improve women’s pregnancy and newborn health. He was elected a Fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2009.