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Co-Investigators

Harry Prapavessis, PhD

Harry Prapavessis, PhD

Professor, School of Kinesiology

Research Interests / Specializations: Determinants of physical activity, Exercise as a therapy to improve health, The role of psychological factors in the prediction, prevention and recovery of injury
Taniya Nagpal, PhD

Taniya Nagpal, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa and Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Research Interests / Specializations: Women's health; Adherence to lifestyle interventions; Obesity prevention; Weight stigma
Barbra DeVrijer, MD

Barbra DeVrijer, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Interests / Specializations: The role of cytokines in pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, pre-term birth and gestational diabetes
Lindsay Nagamatsu, PhD

Lindsay Nagamatsu, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology

Research Interests / Specializations: Aging, neuroimaging, health behaviour interventions, cognitive neuroscience.
Ryan J Van Lieshout, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Ryan J Van Lieshout, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Canada Research Chair in the Perinatal Programming of Mental Disorders, Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University

Research Interests / Specializations: Reducing the impact of maternal perinatal health problems (postpartum depression, obesity) on fetal/infant brain development, preventing psychiatric disorders, perinatal psychiatry
Isabelle Giroux, PhD

Isabelle Giroux, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

Research Interests / Specializations: Prevention and treatment of obesity, prediabetes and diabetes in children and adults (including pregnant and nursing women)
Stephanie-May Ruchat, PhD

Stephanie-May Ruchat, PhD

Professor, Departement of Human Kinetics, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Research Interests / Specializations: Prenatal physical activity and prevention/ treatment of maternal and neonatal complications; Physical activity and reproductive health; Fetal epigenetic programming
Eva Pila, PhD

Eva Pila, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences

Research Interests / Specializations: Body image and mental health; Emotions and motivation related to physical activity; Mindfulness and compassion-focused interventions; Weight-related conditions that impact women’s health (e.g., obesity, eating disorders, breast cancer)
Rob Gratton, MD

Rob Gratton, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Research Interests / Specializations: The role of the placenta in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia, The impact of exercise in pregnancy on glucose control and weight gain
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Ruth McManus, MD

Ruth McManus, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Endocrinology Program in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Research Interests / Specializations: Insulin resistance, Diabetes prevention, Diabetes in pregnancy
Stephanie Atkinson, PhD

Stephanie Atkinson, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics, McMaster University

Research Interests / Specializations: Nutrition, growth and body composition as determinants of health and disease risk
Debbie Penava, MD

Debbie Penava, MD



Research Interests / Specializations: The impact of induction of labour versus C-section for severe pre-eclampsia prior to 34 weeks, The effect of fetal gender on pregnancy outcomes (both fetal and maternal) factors associated with outcomes after preterm ruptured membranes
Stewart Harris, MD

Stewart Harris, MD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Research Interests / Specializations: Type 2 diabetes in high-risk populations including Aboriginal Canadians, new immigrant groups, patients with mental health conditions, and the application of clinical practice guidelines for the management of diabetes in primary care.
Tony Hanley, PhD

Tony Hanley, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Research Interests / Specializations: Nutritional and metabolic epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes; Underlying phenotypes in high risk populations.