Celebrating 10 Years: APrON Achievements & Evolution

Thank you to all those who attended and helped out to make this conference a success! Information and conference videos can be viewed below.

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Conference Information

The Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) study began in 2009, collecting data on mothers, fathers and their children beginning in 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 occurred from October 29 – 30, 2020 on the Zoom video software system. This conference featured 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

The conference also featured a panel of APrON participants who shared their experiences. As APrON transitions into a study of teenagers and young adults, our conference also presented talks 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, Dr. Meredith O’Connor, a long-time researcher on the Australian Temperament Project (ATP), and Dr. Nic Timpson, principal investigator of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) study.

In total, there were 336 attendees.

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