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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.

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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

What are the short and long-term effects of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy?

Information related to COVID-19 vaccines is rapidly evolving. A lack of data on COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women/individuals makes it challenging for Canadian families to make informed decisions about COVID-19 vaccination.

We are conducting a research study at participating hospitals located across Ontario to measure the short and long-term effects of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy.

You are eligible if:

  1. You are currently pregnant AND
  2. You plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose in your current pregnancy AND
  3. You plan to deliver at Kingston General Hospital.
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