Obstetric Health
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Session Co-Chair: Wei Perng and Julie Petersen

“Preterm Birth and Subsequent Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Black Women”
Samantha Parker

“Dimensions of Pregnancy Intention and Maternal Mental Health: A Secondary Analysis of a Longitudinal Cohort of Mother-Baby Dyads in Alberta, Canada”
Kaylee Ramage

“Migraine in a Cohort of Commercially Insured Women in the United States: Natural History and Association with Preeclampsia, Placenta Abruption, and Preterm Birth”
Mollie Wood

Pregnancy Outcomes
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Session Co-Chairs: Courtney Lynch and Jaime Slaughter-Acey

“Psychiatric Conditions Diagnosed Prior to Pregnancy and Risk of Miscarriage: A Norwegian Registry Study”
Maria Christine Magnus

“Inter-Pregnancy Interval and Pregnancy Outcomes: How Important is the Timing of Confounding Variable Ascertainment?”
Laura Schummers

“Inter-Pregnancy Intervals and Adverse Birth Outcomes in High-Income Countries: An International Study”
Gizachew Tessema

“Forest Fire Exposure and First Trimester Pregnancy Loss”
Jenna Nobles

“Effects of Lifestyle Interventions on Risk of Pregnancy Loss”
Alexandra Purdue-Smithe

Developmental Origins of Health: A Focus on Epigenetic Mechanisms
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Session Co-Chairs: Sonia Robinson and Edwina Yeung

“Epigenetics as a Way to Gain Insight into Mechanisms and Pathways”
Marie-France Hivert

“Challenges in Epigenetic Research: the Importance of Cell-Type and Tissue Specificity”
Kelly Bakulski

“The Pregnancy and Childhood Epigenetics Consortium: Learning More by Working Together”
Stephanie London

Machine Learning Applications, Limitations, and Opportunities in Reproductive Health Research
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Session Co-Chairs: Elizabeth DeVilbiss and Sonia Grandi

“Ensemble Learning Application: Prediction of Gestational Age Amoung Rwandan Women Receiving First Trimester Ultrasound”
Alejandra Benitez

“Machine Learning Assisted Identification of Preterm Births in Zambia”
Alex Keil

“A Cautionary Tale on the Use of Machine Learning to Predict Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes”
Ann Weber

“Synthesis and Discussion: Opportunities & Cautions for Machine Learning in Reproductive Health Research”
Elizabeth DeVilbiss and Sonia Grandi

Plenary Session
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Keynote Address:
Matthew W. Gillman, MD
Director of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes Program

Student Prize Paper Presentation:
Alyssa Harlow
“A Prospective Study of Male Preconception Marijuana Use and Spontaneous Abortion”

SPER 2020 Awards:
Mentoring Award –
Rising Star Award –
Heinz Berendes Travel Award –
President’s Award –

Fertility, Fecundity, and Reproductive Health
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Session Co-Chairs: Audrey Gaskins and Anna Pollack

“Linking Stressful Life Experiences to the Incidence of Infertility”
Jessica Gleason

“Inflammation and Conception, What is the Role of Vitamin D Status?”
Anne Marie Jukic

“Residential Proximity to Major Roads and Fecundability Among North American Pregnancy Planners”
Amelia Wesselink

“Use of Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Reduces Fibroid Growth and Incidence: A Prospective Study”
Quaker Harmon

“Markers of Vitamin D Metabolism and Reproductive Outcomes Among Women with Proven Fecundity”
Sunni Mumford

Fetal Growth and Child Development
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Session Co-Chairs: Deshayne Fell and Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza

“Every Week Counts: A Population-Based Study of Gestational Age at Birth and Brain Morphology in Children at 10 Years”
Hanan El Marroun

“Effect of Alcohol Consumption on Child Development Among Breastfeeding Mothers”
Matthew Tudball

“Fetal Growth Trajectories Among SGA Newborns and Child Neurodevelopment”
Kelly Ferguson

“Prenatal Folate Revisited: Maternal Folate Status During Pregnancy and Brain Developmental Trajectories in Offspring”
Runyu Zou

“Exploring Paternal Preconception Windows of Vulnerability on Offspring Birthweight in Relation to Bisphenol and Phthalate Exposure”
Carmen Messerlian

Pre- and Perinatal Exposure to Medications and Substance Abuse
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Session Co-Chairs: Alica Allen and Mollie Wood

“Prenatal Exposure to Antidepressants and Risk of ADHD in Childhood: Findings From a Nationwide Study”
Buket Ozturk

“Opioid Use During Pregnancy and Ischemic Placental Disease”
Daina Esposito

“Cannabis Use in Pregnancy and the Development of Congenital Anomalies in British Columbia, Canada: A Population-Based Study”
Sabrina Luke

“Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Type and Pregnancy Loss”
Lindsey Sjaarda

Gynecologic Epidemiology: Research Methodologies to Address Major Challenges in Measurement, Confounding, and Selection
Dec 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Session Co-Chairs: Whitney Robinson and Leslie Farland

Whitney R. Robinson

“Endometriosis: Challenges in Measuring Disease Status”
Leslie V. Farland

“Uterine Fibroids: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities”
Olivia Orta

“Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Assessment of a Syndromic Condition and Statistical Methods for Epidemiologic Research”
Holly R. Harris

“Differential Phenotypes and Misclassification of the Outcome in Women with Vulvodynia: An Epidemiological Challenge in the Study of its Etiology”
Bernard L. Harlow

“Overview of Genecologic Research and Funding at NIH”
Lisa Halvorson

Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes Among Sexual Minority Women: Are There Disparities by Sexual Orientation?
Dec 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Session Chair: Jonathan Snowden

“Differences in Birth and Pregnancy Outcomes Between Same and Different-Sex Couples: Evidence From Birth Certificate Data”
Jae Downing

“Exploring the Relationship Between LGBT-Specific Policies and Birth Outcomes Among Sexual Minority Women”
Bethany Everett

“Birth Outcomes Among Sexual Minority Women in California”
Iman Berrahou

“Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes Among Women in Same-Sex Couples within a Swedish Setting”
Anna Sandstrom

Joint Q&A/Discussion

SPER Business Meeting
Dec 15 @ 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm