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Fellows' Seminars

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 2022

Date:November 23, 2022

Speakers:Dr. Elham Razmpoosh and Mahsa Raji

Title:Effect of Dietary-Based Lifestyle Modification Approaches on Anthropometric Indices and Dietary Intake Parameters in Women with Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Date:July 15, 2022

Speaker:Dr. Karen Robson

Title:The Challenges of Doing Education Research in Canada

Date:July 8, 2022

Speaker:Dr. Fatima Jackson Best and Natasha Ross

Title:SCORE! Systems Mapping Active Spaces in Hamilton's Riverdale Neighbourhood

Date:June, 2022

Speaker:Dr. Philip Britz-McKibbin

Title:Urinary Dietary Biomarkers in Diverse Populations from PURE: Are Dietary Habits of Smokers Distinct from Non-smokers?

Date:March 4, 2022

Speaker:Dr. Saba Naqvi

Title:Early childhood adiposity trajectory and its determinants in South Asians and White Europeans


Fellows' Seminar Series 2021

Date: July 9

Speaker: Daniel Ibsen

Title: Assessing food substitution modelling approaches in observational studies


Date: April 23

Speaker: Georgia Tomova (PhD student, University of Leeds)

Title: Adjustment for energy intake in nutritional research: A causal inference perspective



Fellows' Seminar Series 2019

Date: December 13

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Pinaz Gulacha (MSc Candidate)

Title: The South Asian Truck Driver Heart Health (SATH) Study


Date: October 4

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Susan Jack (prof. School of Nursing)

Title: An Overview of Qualitative Health Research, Part 2



Date: September 13

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Susan Jack (prof. School of Nursing)

Title: An Overview of Qualitative Health Research


Date: September 5

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Loshana Sockalingam (MSc Candidate)

Title: The Rise in Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Chronic Diseases in Guyana


Date: July 12

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Talha Rafiq (PhD Candidate)

Title: Early introduction of solid food and childhood obesity: the FAMILY study


Date: June 14

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Paul Ritvo and Sabina Mirza (PhD Candidate)

Title: Why families engage in healthy active living? Why don't they? A qualitative interview-based study of South Asian mothers.


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