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James A Low Research Day 2023

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

April 21st, 2023

 Program for Download [PDF]



7:30 – 8:05

Coffee and Continental Breakfast (Poster and Oral Presentation Set-up)

8:05 – 8:10

Opening Remarks (Dr. Maria Velez, Resident Research Director)


Morning Session | Chair: Dr. Maria Velez


(O1) Aisha Nathoo

Pregnancy outcomes in survivors of adolescent and young adult breast cancer: a population-based cohort study.


(O2) Priya Premranjith

Metals and Time to Pregnancy: The Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) Study


(O3) Wafa Khoja

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Monthly Trends in Adolescent Conception in Kingston, ON


(O4) Taylor Nelles-McGee

Intravenous Ketamine for Pain Control in First Trimester Surgical Abortion: Interim Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial


(O5) Anisha Dubey

Retrospective review on different hysterectomy approaches for endometrial cancer


Health Break & Poster Viewing

(Presenters available P1-P9)


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deshayne Fell

Safety and effectiveness of immunization during pregnancy for mothers and infants: Where have we been and what does the future hold?


Group Photo (Everyone meet outside on front steps) 




Afternoon Session 1 | Chair: Dr. Chandrakant Tayade


(O6) Samantha Levang

Characterizing Sexual Minority Individuals with Endometriosis in Relation to Sexual Majority Individuals with Endometriosis


(O7) Stanimira Aleksieva

Examining the role of thymic stromal lymphopoietin in the endometriotic lesion microenvironment 


(O8) Alison McCallion

Th9 Cells and Estrogen Signaling in Endometriosis Pathophysiology


(O9) Katie Zutautas

Presence of Tertiary Lymphoid Structures in Endometriosis


Health Break


Afternoon Session 2 | Chair: David Natale


(O10) Lauren Brown

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


(O11) Logan Germain

Exposure to the environmental endocrine disrupting chemical, triphenyl phosphate, alters the epigenome of embryonic cells in an aquatic in vitro model


(O12) Avery McGinnis

Investigating the Differentiation Potential of EomesPOS Mouse Trophoblast Cells


(O13) Juliette Wilson-Sanchez

Characterization of circulating immune cells in female patients with hypothyroidism


Summation & Program Close


Wine & Cheese Reception, Atrium

(Awards Presentation) 


Poster Presentations


Ali Tafazoli

Aspirin and Endometrial Cancer: Re-visiting the Antithrombotic/Anti-Cancer Properties


Shreya Anil Kumar

Examining the Effect of Chemotherapy on Platelet Count and Function in Women with Breast and Gynecological Cancer


Marina Ivanova

Impacts of nutrition on uterine fibroids in premenopausal patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis      


Nakeisha Lodge-Tulloch

Innate immune reprogramming in mothers and their offspring following an inflammatory pregnancy in a murine and human model


Karina Fainchtein

The Utility of Thromboelastography in Monitoring Coagulation Profile in Women with Cancers Under Chemotherapy


Megan Cull

Mechanisms of in utero-initiated benzene toxicity in the placenta


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?

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Deshayne Fell, PhD MSc

Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa
Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute
Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Affiliate Agent, BORN Ontario


Dr. Deshayne Fell is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, a Scientist in the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and an Adjunct Scientist at ICES. Dr. Fell is a perinatal researcher who works extensively with the provincial birth registry (BORN Ontario) and with linked health administrative data at ICES. Since the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, her primary research focus has been on infection and immunization during pregnancy. She has been a member of two WHO working groups related to immunization during pregnancy and for the past two years, led a province-wide project to evaluate COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, supported by the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force.


Safety and effectiveness of immunization during pregnancy for mothers and infants: Where have we been and what does the future hold?

Globally, immunization during pregnancy is increasingly recognized as an important strategy for protecting pregnant individuals and their newborns from infectious diseases. Influenza, pertussis and COVID-19 vaccines are now routinely recommended for pregnant individuals in many countries, including Canada. In Ontario, our unique data sets have provided an opportunity to evaluate vaccine safety and effectiveness in this priority population using routinely-collected electronic health care data such as the BORN birth registry, health administrative databases, and laboratory data. The objectives of this presentation are to: provide an overview of the history and rationale for immunization during pregnancy, highlight findings from a program of research on maternal immunization in Ontario, and review the status of new vaccines under development for future implementation in the obstetrical population.

Remembering Dr. Low

James A Low, MD


Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Chief of Service at KGH from 1965 to 1985

Dr. Low came to Kingston in 1965 to assume the position of Professor and Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Queen’s University and the Chief of Service at the Kingston General Hospital. During the twenty years as Head, he was instrumental in shaping the Queen’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology into one of the most respected academic clinical departments and one of the most sought after postgraduate residency programs in the country. Furthermore, during his tenure as the Head, the department became recognized for academic excellence at the national and international levels in the areas of maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. It was through the philosophy and ideals of Dr. Low that the department continues to flourish and remains to this day one of the country’s more successful academic departments of obstetrics and gynaecology.

At various times during his career, Dr. Low served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada (APOG), Chair of the Specialty Committee for Obstetrics & Gynecology and Chair of the Manpower Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Chair of the Postgraduate Manpower Committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine, Chair of the Perinatal Medicine Committee for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and member of the Editorial Board for the two most prestigious journals in our specialty; Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

From his first peer-reviewed publication in 1959 to finishing his last manuscript the week before he died, Dr. Low has had one of the most influential and productive careers as an academic obstetrician and gynecologist in Canada. He is recognized as a world-renowned expert in the fields of fetal asphyxia, cerebral palsy and female urinary incontinence. With all of these achievements, Dr. Low always identified that his successes have been a part of his role with the Department at Queen’s and has always promoted recognition of this university.

Following his retirement from clinical practice in the early 1990s, he embarked on a second career when he established and had been leading and promoting the Museum of Health Care at Kingston until shortly before his passing.

Dr. Low received many awards during his lengthy career including being named a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (United Kingdom), Queen’s University Distinguished Service Award, Kingston First Capital Honourable Achievement Award, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and this year, just prior to his death, Dr. Low was invested into the Order of Canada, specifically for his work with the Museum of Health Care.