2020 PhD Dissertation Award Lecture - Vitamin D in pregnancy: New insights for Canadian women

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 ET

Speaker: Maude Perreault, RD, PhD, McMaster University

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Maternal vitamin D status plays a major role in placental development, and several aspects of “fetal programming”. Globally, vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy is widely reported, and has been associated with sub-optimal bone accretion and other adverse health outcomes in both mother and offspring. Our research aimed to assess maternal determinants of vitamin D status at different trimesters during pregnancy and how status impacts maternal and fetal bone metabolism. These findings, along with detailed assessment of maternal habitual dietary intake throughout pregnancy, provided a detailed profile of vitamin D status in relation to bone health in pregnant Canadian women.

Learning objectives:

1. Understand the role of physiological adaptations in vitamin D during pregnancy in maternal and fetal bone metabolism

2. Provide new evidence on the determinants of vitamin D status in pregnant women in southern Ontario over the last decade

3. Discuss how the results of this research address commonly asked questions by health care providers and pregnant women.


About the Speaker:

Dr. Maude Perreault completed a BSc in Nutrition at the Université de Montréal, and became a registered dietitian in Québec in 2010 and in 2011, qualified as a registered dietitian in Ontario. Following completion of a MSc in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, she completed her PhD in Medical Sciences, Division of Metabolism and Nutrition at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Atkinson in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Perreault’s clinical and research interests include maternal and infant nutrition, with a focus on the developmental origins of health and disease. Her doctoral studies were supported by prestigious scholarships such as the CIHR Vanier doctoral award and a Career Enhancement Award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientists Program. While at McMaster her academic and research achievements have been recognized with awards such as the Joanne Schweitzer Clinical Nutrition Abstract award and the Nestlé Nutrition Student and Trainee oral competition finalist award from the Canadian Nutrition Society (May 2018), as well as the Graduate Program’s Excellence award (May 2017) and the Graduate Leadership award (May 2019) from the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.


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