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As a world-renowned research group, our goal at OMNI is to conduct internationally recognized research in maternal and child health by working in partnership with other researchers, investigators and agencies to enhance productivity, stimulate output with scientific integrity, and further research successes that will influence the care of pregnant women and their infants. We believe our group has developed a research program that attracts bright and innovative candidates from a variety of health and knowledge translation disciplines that can develop their skills and knowledge while conducting valuable research for the community at large. We continuously work to enhance our training program, and to create new collaborations and partnerships that result in greater opportunities to conduct high impact research and knowledge synthesis internationally, including in the developing world.
Methods in longitudinal studies
Statistical modeling and analyses
Social survival, marginalization and inequality
Barker's hypothesis and cardiovascular diseases
Developmental origins of health and adult disease (DOHaD): epigenetics
Pillar I - Maternal Newborn Health Services Research
To explore variations in practices, prenatal and neonatal outcomes, as well as health services utilization, OMNI studies include population health, equity and outcomes as well as health economics.
Pillar II - Fetal Origines of Adult Disease
Fetal origins of adult disease (FOAD) is based on Barker's hypothesis. The Fetal Programming theory postulates that the inutero environment, or living conditions in early infancy, program physiologic systems, which in turn lead to adult diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and strokes. One of our current investigations is examining the effects of inutero corticosteroids on programming the hypothalamic pituitary axis in children.
Pillar III - Global Health
Global perinatal health focuses on interventional and educational programs in the developing world to improve maternal and infant health.
Pillar IV - Interventional Studies
Current projects involve interventions in mobile health in China and community intervention in Tanzania.