La santé des femmes et des nouveau-nés au Québec: Le rôle de la pré-éclampsie et de l'environnement


Nathalie Auger

Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal


Domaine : santé de la mère, des enfants et des adolescents

Programme chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens - Junior 2

Concours 2017-2018

This research program seeks to determine how clinical and environmental characteristics of pregnancy are related to health during other periods of life in Québec. More and more studies suggest that high blood pressure during pregnancy may signal an increased risk of disease later in life for mothers, and that diseases early in life can increase the chance of problems during pregnancy. Similarly, studies suggest that environmental exposures such as outdoor temperature may impact health during pregnancy and beyond. This program will address three research subjects:

(1) How high blood pressure during pregnancy is related to the future health of women
(2) How maternal diseases before and during pregnancy are related to the health of newborns
(3) How weather exposures affect the health of pregnant women and infants

To answer the research questions, anonymous information from the hospital charts of women who delivered babies in Québec will be used. Women with high blood pressure will be compared with women who did not have high blood pressure, and health at other points in life will be measured. Weather characteristics will be obtained from Environment Canada.

The research findings will help physicians better understand how pregnancy relates to future health, and will improve the clinical management of women and infants at risk. This project will identify new mechanisms of disease related to pregnancy, and identify windows in life when women could begin measures to prevent disease.