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Dr. Ferraro Discusses Prenatal Influences on Child Obesity at Public Health Ontario

On Tuesday, May 21 Dr. Zach Ferraro was invited to speak at Public Health Ontario grand rounds in Toronto. He was the 3rd presentation in the external speaker series – Understanding the Complexity of Obesity in Children and Youth – where he discussed “the implications of maternal obesity and excessive gestational weight gain in maternal, fetal and downstream child outcomes.” The talk was well received with over 100...

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Dr. Zach Ferraro Awarded CIHR Travel Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Zach Ferraro for being awarded a CIHR Travel grant to present his work, “Maternal lipid metabolism correlates with surrogate markers of insulin-like growth factor bioavailability in maternal and umbilical cord serum” at the Canadian Obesity Summit in...

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Paper by Dr. Zachary Ferraro on the Role of Leptin in Pregnancy Published in Placenta Journal

A paper by Dr. Zachary Ferraro and his colleagues, “Role of leptin in pregnancy: Consequences of maternal obesity,” was recently published ahead of print in Placenta. Citation information is below. Tessier DR, Ferraro ZM, Gruslin A. Role of leptin in pregnancy: Consequences of maternal obesity. Placenta. 2013 Jan 16. pii: S0143-4004(12)00470-5. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2012.11.035. [Epub ahead of print] ABSTRACT: Maternal obesity is associated with increased risks of pregnancy complications. Excessive fat mass, common to obese women, has the potential to influence production and secretion of adipose tissue derived proteins called adipokines. The adipokine leptin is involved in the regulation of multiple aspects of maternal metabolic homeostasis. In addition, leptin has been shown to be important for placentation and maternal-fetal exchanges processes regulating growth and development. In later stages of a healthy pregnancy, central leptin resistance occurs to allow increased nutrient availability for the fetus. Disruption of the signaling capacity of leptin associated with obesity is emerging as a potential risk factor leading topregnancy complications as a result of aberrant fuel partitioning in utero. In this review we discuss the influence of obesity on the roles of leptin andleptin resistance at the central and placental...

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Dr. Zachary Ferraro’s Dissertation Abstract Published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism

Dr. Zachary Ferraro’s dissertation abstract titled, “An examination of maternal contributors and potential modifiers of fetal growth in pregnancy,” has been published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. Citation details are below. Zachary M Ferraro. An examination of maternal contributors and potential modifiers of fetal growth in pregnancy. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 10.1139/apnm-2012-0426. Published on the web 19 November 2012. ABSTRACT: A greater understanding of critical periods of body weight regulation, including pregnancy, may aid in efforts to optimize weight management strategies for the mother and her baby. The gestational period has been implicated to play, in the child, a vital role in the developmental origins of obesity and other cardiometabolic diseases later in life. Therefore, we initially examined existing literature on the role of maternal obesity and its link to pediatric obesity and documented the known underlying physiological mechanisms responsible for this relationship while suggesting potential intervention targets that may improve maternal-fetal outcomes. In a second paper, we aimed to quantify maternal predictors of large for gestational age neonates in the Ottawa and Kingston (OaK) birth cohort with specific hypotheses verifying the independent contribution of maternal prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) and excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) to fetal overgrowth. This paper also highlights the clinical utility of the revised 2009 Institute of Medicine GWG guidelines and discusses the potential role of physiological factors underlying the observed...

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Dr. Zach Ferraro Publishes Paper on the Value of an Active Pregnancy for Fetal Well-Being

Drs. Zach Ferraro and Kristi Adamo (Research Scientist) co-authored an editorial that was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine titled, “An active pregnancy for fetal well-being? The value of active living for most women and their babies.” Citation details are below. Zachary M Ferraro, Andree Gruslin, Kristi B Adamo. An active pregnancy for fetal well-being? The value of active living for most women and their babies. Br J Sports Med...

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