Active Research Projects

Participating in ongoing research studies benefits you and your community.

Participating in a research study may not have a direct impact on you now, but it could be of significant benefit to future women who become pregnant or are new mothers.  If a large number of women in your region participate in a research study, we can collect better information on the region itself (such as the environment) or how a new treatment might better help women in the local population. If you have questions or are interested in a study, please contact us at and we will direct you to those who are running the studies.

The Queen’s Perinatal Research Unit actively recruits and participates in research projects run by Investigators from Queen’s University. Topics include “pre-eclampsia and cardiovascular disease” and “public understanding of science” as well as studies coordinated on a national/international level. Current national studies include: Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) and MIREC-Infant Development (MIREC-ID) (University of Montreal/Health Canada); The Canadian Perinatal Network (CPN) (University of British Columbia) and starting in the summer 2011, Effect of Folic Acid Supplementation in Pregnancy on Pre-eclampsia – Folic Acid Clinical Trial (FACT) (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI)). Other Canadian research studies you may be interested in include: Pre-eclampsia Integrated Estimate of RiSk (PIERS), Control of Hypertension In Pregnancy Study (CHIPS), Twin Birth Study (TBS), the Ontario Health Study, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project and the Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network (MICYRN).

The goal of The MotHERS Program is to improve Mother’s Health through Education, Research and Screening. Improving the mother’s health affects the health of the entire family. Pregnancy is essentially a stress test - what happens to you during pregnancy can indicate your risk of developing a health problem in the future.  In order to study the future health risks of any pregnancy complications, we are starting a Mother’s Health clinic in which we will be inviting women to come for a 6 month postpartum clinic assessment if they have had one of the following pregnancy complications:

  • Pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, HELLP syndrome, eclampsia, high blood pressure
  • Gestational diabetes or gestational impaired glucose tolerance
  • Preterm birth for any reason
  • Small baby (<5th percentile for your gestational age or <2500g at term),
  • Placental abruption that leads to delivery

20.58% of all women who delivered in the province of Ontario in the last five years had one or more of these complications and are at increased risk of developing future cardiovascular disease. The women who will be seen in the Mother’s Health clinic will have their weight and height checked and their waist and BMI measured. Blood work for lipids, cholesterol and glucose will also be done and any other information related to risk for heart disease will be collected.

Recruitment to MIREC and MIREC-ID is now closed. The results from the study will be available in a year or two.

For more information about ongoing Queen's Perinatal Research Unit projects please download our Fall 2011 Newsletter.

QPRU Fall 2011 Newsletter [PDF]