Epidemiology of congenital anomalies in Quebec
Université de Montréal
Public Health
Institut national de sante publique du Quebec
Jerome Martinez
Nathalie Auger, MD MSc FRCPC
French (spoken)
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Congenital anomalies are a major contributor to infant mortality and morbidity. We built a cohort of nearly 2 million mother-infants pairs that we are using to study novel risk factors for important congenital anomalies, such neural tube and congenital heart defects. Our preliminary analyses indicate, for example, that maternal exposure to extreme heat in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of neural tube defect in the fetus.
What is the aim of the project?
What techniques and methods are used?
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Data analysis
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Depends on the exchange month of the student. See articles below
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster
- The student will prepare a presentation
- The student will prepare a scientific report
- The student will prepare an abstract
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
- The student will have the opportunity to present the results together with the supervisor at a conference
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Fundamentals of epidemiology. Previous experience with SAS is an asset.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Auger et al. Pre-eclampsia and Risk of Infantile Haemangioma. Br J Dermatol. 2016 Aug 12. doi: 10.1111/bjd.14958. [Epub ahead of print]
- Auger et al. Association Between Preeclampsia and Congenital Heart Defects. JAMA. 2015 Oct 20;314(15):1588-98.
- Auger et al. Elevated Ambient Temperatures and Risk of Neural Tube Defects. Occup Environ Med. 2016; doi: 10.1136/oemed-2016-103956. [Epub ahead of print]
- Auger et al. Risk of Congenital Heart Defects after Ambient Heat Exposure Early in Pregnancy. Environ Health Perspect. 2017;125(1):8-14.