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  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015 and Earlier

Do you have an analysis you want to share with the group? Consider presenting at the next Fellows' Seminar! Contact Dr. Russell de Souza to discuss.

Fellows' Seminar Series 2019

Date: April 12

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Loubna Akhabir

Topic: Mendelian Randomization Identifies Novel Causal Mediators in Asthma Risk


Date: March 8

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Speaker:Jayneel Limabchia (MSc student)

Topic: Sugar sweetened beverage analysis in FAMILY and START


Date: February 8

Time: 1:30 to 3:00pm

Speaker: Sandi Azab(PhD student)

Topic: Validating the Role of Serum Fatty Acids as Potential Biomarkers of Maternal Dietary Fat Intake: A Pilot Study in the Family Atherosclerosis Monitoring In earLY Life (FAMILY) Birth Cohort FAMILY

Fellows' Seminar Series 2018

Date: October 4

Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Speaker: Sujane Kandasamy (PhD student)

Topic: The SMART START package: a double-facing knowledge translation intervention for South Asian pregnant women and their health care providers


Date: August 10

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Speaker: Vanessa Ha (Doctoral candidate)

Title: Genetic Risk, Dietary Carbohydrate Quality, and Gestational Diabetes

Date: July 13

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Speaker: Jayneel Limbachia (Master's student)

Topic: Genetic Contribution to Gestational Diabetes in South Asian Women: Analysis from the START-Canada Birth Cohort Study

Date: May 11

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Speaker: Natalie Williams

Topic: Dietary assessment tools used in the NutriGen Birth Cohort Alliance

Date: April 13

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Aurora Majia Benitez

Topic: Beneficial effect of high number of copies of salivary Amylase gene on Obesity risk

Date: March 2

Time: 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Laura Anderson

Topic: Measurement of Cardiometabolic Risk in Early Childhood

Date: February 9

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Kate Kennedy (PhD Candidate)

Topic: Prenatal programming of disease risk: the maternal microbiota in placental function and fetal intestine development

Date: January 19

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Kwan

Topic: An overview of his work, including INCH and some projects in which he is using novel methods to collect contextually-relevant data

Fellows' Seminar Series 2017

Date: November 24

Time: 10:00 to 11:00 am

Speaker: Loshana Sockalingham

Topic: Discussion of the paper "Objective assessment of dietary patterns by use of metabolic phenotyping: a randomised, controlled, crossover trial"

Date: November 2

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Jayneel Limbachia

Topic: Discussion of the paper "Maternal vitamin B12 in pregnancy and risk of preterm birth and low birth weight: a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis"

Date: September 8, 2017

Time: 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Speaker1: Sayantee Jana (1-2pm)

Speaker2: Victoria Miller (2:15-3:15)

Topics: Summary of their research work and their future plans

Date: June 22, 2017

Speaker: Drs. Sonia Anand and Zubin Punthakee

Topic: Data from the RICH LEGACY project and the START studies which explore lifestyle risk factors in school-aged children

Date: April 7, 2017

Speaker: Kristen Viaje

Topic: Results from a systematic review of randomized trials of dietary micronutrients on pregnancy outcomes

Date: February 17, 2017

Speaker: Ben Keating

Title: Importance of Country-specific Databases for Micronutrient Analyses: the Vitamin D Example

Fellows' Seminar Series 2016

Date: December 16, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Jen Stearns

Title: Microbial metabolism in the early infant gut – proposals for mechanistic studies

Date: November 4, 2016

Speakers: Drs. Russell de Souza and Phil Britz-McKibbon

Topic: The recent publication entitled "Comparing metabolite profiles of habitual diet in serum and urine

Date: October 7, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Amel Lamri

Topic: GWAS Data Quality Methods

Speaker: Randa Stringer

Title: Expression and Methylation: QC and Pre-Processing

Date: August 19, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Marie Pigeyre

Title: Association between Obesity predisposing Genes, Energy Intake and Adiposity in Early Life

Date: July 8, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Katherine Morrison

Title: Growth Monitoring in Pediatric Research

Date: June 21, 2016

Speaker: Benjamin Keating

Title: The Association between Vitamin D Intake during Pregnancy with Wheezing and Colds during the First Year of Life

Date: April 29, 2016

Speaker: Maxwell Tran

Title: Infant Feeding Practices and Food Sensitization in a Canadian Birth Cohort

Date: April 1, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Amel Lamri

Title: Sequencing of the South Asian Genome

Date: February 26, 2016

Speaker: Dr. Michael Zulyniak

Title: The Association Between Diet During Pregnancy and Infant Birth Weight in White Europeans and South Asians

Date: January 15, 2016

Speaker: Vanessa Ha

Title: Siri, What Should I Eat?

Fellows' Seminar Series 2015

Date: December 18, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Mateen Shaikh

Title: A Different Paradigm to Detect Differential Abundance of Taxa in Microbiome Data

Date: November 27, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Padmaja Subbarao

Title: CHILD Study – Lung Function methods and preliminary results

Date: October 30, 2015

Speaker: Keith Tam

Title: Maternal Diet and Infant Atopic Disease at 1-Year

Date: August 14, 2015

Speaker: Natalie Campbell

Title: NutriGen Data Requests

Date: May 15, 2015

Speaker: Egbert Clevers

Title: Gene expression in CHILD and biological and technical variation

Date: April 24, 2015

Speaker: Zahra Sohani

Title: Ethnic variation in methylation of birthweight and length

Date: March 27, 2015

Speaker: Sujane Kandasamy

Title: Introduction on the ongoing Aboriginal Birth Cohort (ABC) study

Date: February 27, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Russ de Souza

Topic: Group Discussion on Approaches for drawing causal inferences from epidemiological birthcohorts: A review

Date: January 23, 2015

Speaker: Egbert Clevers

Title: Research Plans for CHILD

Date: December 19, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Mateen Shaikh

Title: Ongoing development of novel methods for the analysis of microbiome data generated from the NutriGen alliance cohort


Fellows' Seminar Series 2014

Date: November 28, 2014

Speaker: Vanessa Ha

Title: Conducting a network meta-analysis to assess the effects of maternal dietary patterns on glycemic control

Date: October 24, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Stearns

Title: Microbial Profiles from the CHILD Subset

Additional Materials

Date: September 19, 2014

Speaker: Zahra Sohani

Title: Investigating the methylation and gene expression patterns of low birth weight genes in START and CHILD cohorts


Date: August 15, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Michael Zulyniak

Title: FFQs and Dietary Pattern Analysis Full


Fellows Presentation FFQs and Dietary Pattern Analysis

Date: July 18, 2014

Speaker: Randa Stringer

Title: A review of quality control and pre-processing measures for the Illumina 450K BeadChip


Date: June 13, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Pia Reece

Title: Gene expression profiling in differentiating progenitor cells from cord blood


Date: May 23, 2014

Round Table Discussion of: Accounting for cellular heterogeneity is critical in epigenome-wide association studies.


Date: April 25, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Russell de Souza and Alecia Korkowski

Title: Birth Cohort Alliance: Data Management Planning


Date: February 28, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Sonia Anand

Title: Nutrition Grant Overview


Date: January 24, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Mateen Shaikh

Title: Microbiome and Data Integration: Statistical and Logistical Challenges