Presentations

Sunday March 22 – Arrive, Dinner on own

Monday March 23 – Breakfast on own

 

Opening Session: Purpose and goals of OPERA

Moderator: Craig Pennell, President of PREBIC and WUN Representative from the University of Western Australia

 

08:00 – Welcome

Craig E. Pennell, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

 

08:10 – History and goals of OPERA

David M. Olson, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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08:25 – Value of early risk assessment and intervention for diminishing adverse pregnancy outcomes

James Walker, Leeds University, Leeds, United Kingdom
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08:50 – Identifying vulnerable populations at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes

Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, New York, USA
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09:15 – Coffee Break

 

 

Session II. Populations of vulnerable women

Moderator: Michael Katz, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, New York, USA

 

09:35 – Victims of natural disasters

Suzanne King, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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10:00 – Refugees and victims of violence

Amelia Reese Masterson, International Medical Corps, Beirut, Lebanon

Jinan Usta, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
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10:25 – Excesses of modern societies

Jane E. Norman, University of Edinburgh, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10:50 – Marginalized populations in developed countries

Dawn Misra, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
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11:15 – Roundtable discussion

Discussants: Edouard Tursan D’Espaignet, Giancarlo DiRenzo, Adrienne Ettinger, Joe Leigh Simpson

 

12:00 – Lunch (provided)

 

 

Session III. Mechanisms of adverse pregnancy outcomes in vulnerable populations

Moderator: Jane E. Norman, University of Edinburgh, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

 

13:00 – Stress and allostatic load

Gerlinde Metz, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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13:20 – Inflammation and infectious diseases

Sarah Robertson, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
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13:40 – Genetic and epigenetic mediators

Richard Saffery, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
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14:00 – The environment and assessment of the exposome

Philip Baker, Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development,  University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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14: 20 – Roundtable discussion

Discussants: Calvin Hobel, Ram Menon, Craig Pennell, Sven Skulstad, Nanbert Zhong

 

14:55 – Coffee Break

 

 

Session IV. Approaches to risk assessment: existing, emerging and future tools

Moderator: Philip Baker, Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development,  University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand

 

15:15 – Screening for pre-eclampsia.

Claire Roberts, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
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15:40 – Early prediction of gestational diabetes

Jane Hirst, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
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16:05 – Predicting preterm delivery in Zambia

Jeff Stringer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. USA
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16:30 – Roundtable discussion

Discussants: Jennifer Culhane, Dawn Misra, Richard Saffery, Satoru Takeda, Felipe Vadillo-Ortega, Barbara Verstraeten, Jimmy Walker

 

18:30 – Reception

 

19:00 – Banquet: Urban Tavern (see hotel map)

 

Tuesday March 24

Breakfast on own

 

Session V. Existing studies to predict adverse pregnancy outcomes

Moderator: Ram Menon, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA

 

08:00 – Brazilian multicentre study on preterm birth (EMIP)

Laura Costa, UNICAMP State University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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08:25 – Korean cohorts studying air pollution and adverse pregnancy outcomes

Young-Ju Kim, MD, Ewha Womans’ University MokDong Hospital, Ewha Womans’ University, Seoul, Korea
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08:50 – Megacities and urban development

Felipe Vadillo-Ortego, UNAM at the National Institute of Genomic Medicine, Mexico City, Mexico
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9:15 – Roundtable discussion

Discussants: Phil Baker, Laura Caulfield, Lara Morley, Anisur Rahman, Nigel Simpson, Jeff Stringer, Satoru Takeda,

 

9:50 – Coffee Break

 

Session VI. Interventions to mitigate adverse pregnancy outcomes

Moderator: James Walker, Leeds University, Leeds, United Kingdom

 

10:10 – Achieving participation by women at risk

Jennifer Culhane, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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10:35 – Nutritional interventions

Laura Caulfield, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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11:00 – Tobacco-free environment for healthier outcomes

Dr Edouard Tursan D’Espaignet, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
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11:25 – Roundtable discussion

Discussants: Rhonda Bell, Laura Costa, Jane Hirst, Young Ju Kim, Amelia Reese Masterson, Claire Roberts, Jinan Usta

 

12:00 – Lunch (provided)

 

Session VII. OPERA going forward (how we turn discussion into action)

Moderator: Sarah Robertson, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
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13:00 – Roundtable discussion

Discussants: Edouard Tursan D’Espaignet, Jane Norman, Craig Pennell, Katharina Staub, Jimmy Walker

 

13:50 – Concluding Remarks: David Olson, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

14:00 – Adjournment