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Organizing Committee:



David M. Olson, PhD, FRCOG, Professor, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Physiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB


Sylvain Chemtob, MD, PhD, FRCPC, CSPQ, FAAP, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Ophthalmology, and Pharmacology, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, QC


Diane Kalina, BSc, CDir, Principal, Biocatalyst Yorkton and Biocatalyst4Development, Toronto, ON

International Advisory Committee:


Philip Baker, BMedSci, BM, BS, DM, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, FMEDSci, Director – Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development, Development Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Consultant Obstetrician and Senior Scientist, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


Elizabeth A. Bonney, MD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chief, Division of Reproductive Science Research,  The University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont, USA


Sandra T. Davidge, PhD, Director, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, Professor, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Physiology, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Women’s Cardiovascular Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Charles Garvey, Chief Executive Officer, Metabolomic Diagnostics Ltd, Cork, Ireland


Bo Jacobsson, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Ostra, Gothenburg, Sweden


Alan H. Jobe, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Division of Perinatal Biology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


Mark Johnson, MBBS, PhD, MRCP(UK), MRCOG, Professor and Clinical Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom


Jeff Keelan, PhD, FRSB, Professor, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, Director, Women and Newborn Health Research Network, The University of Western Australia, Crawley (Perth), Australia


Young-Ju Kim, MD, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Research and Education, Ewha Womans’ University MokDong Hospital, Ewha Womans’ University,  Seoul, Korea


Murray Mitchell, DPhil, DSc, FRSNZ, Professor and Director, UQ Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Ben W. Mol, MD, MSc, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Robinson Institute / School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia


Jeff Murray, MD, Deputy Director, Discovery and Translational Science, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington, USA


Xin Ni, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China


Harold Nigh, PhD, Director, Bles Biochemicals Inc., London, Ontario, Canada


Jane E. Norman, MD, FRCOG, FRCPE, FMedSci, Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, Director of the Tommy’s Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health, Vice Principal, Equality and Diversity, University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Hong-bo Qi, MD, PhD, Professor and Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China


Mikko Sairanen, PhD, Research Program Leader, PerkinElmer, Turku, Finland


Eliezer Shalev, MD, Dean, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Professor, Minnie and Ruben Finkelstein Academic Chair, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel


Colin Sibley, PhD, DSc, FRCOG, Professor of Child Health and Physiology, Research Director, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Head of Research and Innovation Division and Director, Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, Director, Tommy’s Manchester Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, Institute of Human Development, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom


Satoru Takeda, MD, PhD, Professor and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice-Director of Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, Professor of Juntendo Cancer Center, Faculty of Medicine, Juntendo University, Tokyo, Japan


Felipe Vadillo-Ortego, MD, PhD, Head, Unit of the School of Medicine, UNAM at the National Institute of Genomic Medicine, Mexico City, Mexico


Nanbert Zhong, MD, PhD, Director, Peking University Center of Medical Genetics, Chair, Department of Medical Genetics, Peking University Health Science Center, Peking, China, Head of Developmental Genetics Laboratory, New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island, New York, NY, USA








PTB Meeting is gratefully supported by:


Adelaide Research & Innovation – University of Adelaide



Biocatalyst 4 Development

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Biocatalyst Yorkton

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Bles Biochemicals Inc.

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Canadian Premature Babies Foundation



European Foundation for the Care of Newborns and Infants



Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) – an initiative of Seattle Childrens

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Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC)

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Research Development and Innovation – University of Western Australia

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Robinson Research Institute – University of Adelaide

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Univalor – Universite de Montreal

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Wellbeing of Women (UK)



Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) – University of Alberta