Facilitating Pregnancy Health Research: Innovative Strategies Monthly Webinars

The webinars will be held on the last Thursday of each month from 11 AM 12 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Download the provisional 2021 schedule

Following the success of the September 2020 CoLab Workshop “Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Innovative Strategies to Study Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes” the Global Pregnancy Collaboration (CoLab) is initiating a monthly discussion series that will serve two functions to facilitate pregnancy health research. The first is to continue and to extend discussions begun at the 2020 meeting. The second will be sessions directed to beginning investigators in both high- and low-resource centers to provide mentoring and guidance in topics important to career development for these investigators (e.g., study design, small group speaking, abstracts and manuscript preparation, oral and poster presentation etc.).

Both presentation formats will be interactive. The AI/Innovative strategies component will accomplish this by a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute discussion directed at how the material in the presentation can be applied to current research. This will set the stage for a general moderated discussion (30 minutes) among all attendees to bring differing opinions to bear and explore different research approaches. For the beginning investigator sessions, a specific presentation related to career development will also be accompanied by discussion among the group of attendees.

This presentation will address the use of app-based tools to modify health outcomes, especially as this relates to pregnancy.

The topic on May 27, 2021 will be:

Pre-pregnant lifestyle care can shape the future of life course health

Regine Steegers-Theunissen MD, PhD
Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Melissa van der Windt, PhD candidate
Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Register for Seminar: Pre-pregnant lifestyle care can shape the future of life course health

The goal of these presentations is to directly promote and affect research to understand adverse pregnancy outcomes worldwide. Toward this end, CoLab will facilitate virtual small group interactions of investigators wishing to further pursue the presented topics with other investigators with the goal of establishing international research collaborations. A mentor and administrative support will be provided by CoLab to facilitate the initiation of these interactions among research groups.

There will be no charge for attending meeting. Question through chat box are welcomed!

This is one of several CoLab approaches toward facilitating pregnancy research through collaboration and sharing of data, ideas and biological samples. We are particularly committed to achieving these goals in low-resource settings. Towards this end we have 16 centers from low-resource area.  Specifically, CoLab investigators work with investigators from these low resource centers to obtain external funding and assist  as advisors on  funded projects. Thus far we have generated over two million dollars in external funding for these centers.

CoLab is a self-supporting group. We depend on external funding to achieve these goals. We have set up a fund at the Magee-Womens Research Institute to support this critical work. Donations at any level are appreciated.

Donations of $50 or more will receive a recording of the meeting in gratitude for the donation. (A recording of this session is available at no charge for low-resource investigators.)

Donations of $200 or more will receive a recording of the two day workshop of September 10 -11, 2020. (Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how attend the workshop and donation information.)

To donate now: https://donorbox.org/globalpregnancycolab

For assistance in setting up a zoom meeting to investigator collaborations, or if you are an investigator from a low-resource center or have questions, please contact Peggy Armstrong, at armstrongmj2@upmc.edu.