Celebrating 10 Years: APrON Achievements and Evolution

The Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) longitudinal cohort is pleased to invite everyone to attend our celebration of 10 years of APrON research on March 23, 2020! APrON began in 2009, collecting data on mothers, fathers and their children followed since pregnancy. The cohort is maintained by a team of expert researchers and clinicians from many disciplines, including biostatistics, child development, epidemiology, family medicine, genetics, neonatology, nursing, nutrition, psychiatry, and psychology. Entitled “Celebrating 10 Years: APrON Achievements and Evolution”, the conference will feature APrON investigators speaking about key findings on:

  • maternal mood,
  • nutrition status,
  • maternal weight changes during and after pregnancy,
  • gene environment interactions,
  • stress and development, and
  • prenatal exposure to plastics and the microbiome

We will also feature a panel of APrON participants of who will share their experiences. As APrON transitions into a study of teenagers and young adults, we will also learn about other successful cohorts, featuring Dr. Padmaja Subbarao, director of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study, the largest multidisciplinary, longitudinal, population-based birth cohort study in Canada.

We are delighted to share the amazing findings that are emerging from the APrON cohort data. We have so much to be proud of and are looking forward to another 10 years of success!

Nicole Letourneau, Principal Investigator


The Celebrating 10 Years: APrON Achievements and Evolution Conference that was supposed to occur on March 23, 2020 will be postponed due to increasing concerns with COVID-19 spread in our community.

In consultation with the University of Calgary leadership, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Public Health Agency Guidelines regarding “social distancing”, we feel it is best to postpone our event until further notice.  We look forward to setting a new date, as that will mean the worst of COVID-19 will be behind us.

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