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Preterm birth remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in babies. 

Our laboratory studies the physiological and environmental factors that contribute to both term and preterm labour.


Our long-term objective is to translate basic science discoveries to practical applications to improve the health of mothers and babies.

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Pathway to Preterm Birth: Investigating the physiological mechanisms of preterm birth.
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Therapeutics: Preventing preterm birth and fetal inflammation by blocking key players in the inflammatory cascade.
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Diagnostics: Taking advantage of normal physiological events prior to birth to predict birth timing.
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Prenatal Maternal Stress: Understanding the health consequences of and developing practical strategies against maternal and transgenerational stress.
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Fetal Inflammation: Understanding and preventing damaging fetal inflammation.
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Commercialization: Translating basic scientific discoveries into practical solutions that benefit maternal and neonatal health.
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Our Team


University of Alberta Distinguished Professor

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Physiology.

Primary Investigator

I am a perinatal physiologist. My career is devoted to improving maternal, fetal, and newborn health.


We study preterm birth and fetal inflammation by understanding the basic physiology involved in these health problems and developing diagnostics and therapeutics to identify individuals at risk and treatments to mitigate those risks.


Project Translation Coordinator


Postdoctoral Fellow

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Visiting Graduate Student


Ph.D. Student

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