The OMNI team extends across to our collaborators who have jointly worked with us on various projects while providing us with notable support. 

Team members currently supervising or seeking graduate students are noted. 

Kristi Adamo, PhD

Research Scientist and Associate Professor

School of Human Kinetics and the Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics), University of Ottawa 

Dr. Adamo, recently profiled as one of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s (CSEP) most notable women, leads a diverse interdisciplinary research program focusing on the ‘early years’ continuum. This period represents an opportune time for encouraging and promoting the adoption of healthy behaviour patterns and appropriate knowledge translation to care providers, educators, parents, and policymakers allied to this period.  Her Prevention in the Early Years research program, grounded in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), is unique in its examination of healthy, active maternal behaviours such as physical activity, and intrauterine exposures as they relate to the promotion of optimum health.  This distinctive research program, utilizing both population health and molecular approaches, is devoted to the critical period of human growth and development, targeting the vital organ of pregnancy, the placenta.

Key contributions over the last several years fit into 3 categories:

1) exercise, the intrauterine environment & placenta biology

2) contributors to gestational weight gain management

3) guideline development and Public Health

Over the past several years, Dr. Adamo has held research funds from all three agencies of the tri-council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Department of National Defence for her work related to women’s health and DOHaD.

Laura M Gaudet, MD, MSc

Clinician Scientist and Associate Professor
Affiliate OMNI Investigator

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen’s University
School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa
Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Gaudet is a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen’s University. Her clinical practice is broad, but special populations of interest include pregnancies complicated by high BMI, diabetes and substance use. 

Dr. Gaudet is a Clinician Scientist with training in Perinatal Epidemiology.  Her research interests are focused on the investigation of effects of high maternal BMI on health outcomes of mother, fetus and child. In addition to conducting both observational studies and clinical trials in that subject area, she has been an active recruiter for OMNI–led clinical trials. Dr. Gaudet has served as a clinical content expert for systematic reviews in the fields of excess weight in pregnancy and preterm birth. Finally, Dr. Gaudet is studying effects of substance use on pregnancy outcomes, placental health and the life trajectory of expectant parents and their babies.   

*Dr. Gaudet is currently supervising/seeking graduate students at Queen’s University