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Dr. James A. Low Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

This fellowship has a goal of advancing research and education in one of the most sought after postgraduate residency programs in the country.

Updates from our Department

Thank you to all presenters and attendees for another successful James A Low Research Day!


JA Low 2023 participant picture


Congratulations to our top presenters!

Oral Presentations:

Poster Presentations:

1st Place

Katie Zutautas
"Presence of Tertiary Lymphoid Structures in Endometriosis"

1st Place

Nakeisha Lodge-Tulloch
"Innate immune reprogramming in mothers and their offspring following an inflammatory pregnancy in a murine and human model"

2nd Place

Lauren Brown
"Investigating the impact of valproic acid on placental development in CD-1 mice"

2nd Place (Tie)

Gabrielle Fava & Alexa Toews
"The role of inflammation-induced pregnancy complications in subsequent risk of maternal cardiovascular and metabolic disease"

Ainsley Johnstone
"Should women who screen GDM-negative and give birth to a macrosomic baby complete an HbA1C test before discharge from the hospital?"


Ongoing Research Studies

Can we learn more about what happens when lactating persons receive an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine?

Measuring Protein in Breast/Chest Milk

The objective of this research is to determine whether vaccine-derived protein from mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination leads to detectable protein in breast/chest milk. We will use a method called SIMOA digital ELISA to detect these proteins in samples from days one through fourteen following vaccination. 

You will be asked to collect milk samples at multiple timepoints:

  • Before you receive your next COVID vaccination
  • Immediately after you receive your COVID vaccination
  • For the next 2 weeks after your vaccination

 You are eligible if you are:

  1. Currently lactating (breastfeeding/chest feeding/pumping)
  2. Age ≥ 16 years
  3. Planning to receive an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination while lactating
  4. Willing to collect milk samples over a 3-week period
COVID-19 Related Research