Student Prize Paper Award: Keewan Kim, Ph.D.
Epidemiology Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Title: Shorter time to pregnancy with increasing preconception carotene concentrations among women with 1 to 2 previous pregnancy losses
Mentor: Sunni Mumford, Ph.D.
Heinz-Berendes International Travel Award: Ayoub Mitha, M.D.
Neonatal Unit Hôpital Jeanne de Flandre, Lille, France
Title: Unit policies and breastfeeding at discharge of very preterm infants: The EPIPAGE-2.
Rising Star Award: Jonathan Snowden, Ph.D.
School of Public Health, Oregon Health & Sciences University
Mentoring Award: Pierre Buekens, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health &
Tropical Medicine, Tulane University.
President’s Award: Danelle Lobdell, Ph.D.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Trainee Poster Awards
Elizabeth DeVilbiss, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Title: High pre-conceptional homocysteine is associated with elevated risk of pregnancy loss among fertile folate-replete women with prior history of loss
- Co–authors: Sunni Mumford, Lindsey Sjaarda, Matthew Connell, Keewan Kim, James Mills, Enrique Schisterman
Carrie Nobles, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Title: Preconception blood pressure levels and vascular-related pregnancy complications
- Co-authors: Pauline Mendola, Sunni Mumford, Robert Silver, Keewan Kim, Matthew Connell, Lindsey Sjaarda, Neil Perkins, Enrique Schisterman
Andrew Williams, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Title: Asian/Pacific Islanders experience higher risk for gestational diabetes than other U.S. women exposed to volatile organic compounds in ambient air
- Co–Authors: Carrie Nobles, Katherine Grantz, Cuilin Zhang, Seth Sherman, Pauline Mendola
Laura Schummers, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Title: Does the relationship between short interpregnancy interval and adverse pregnancy outcomes vary by maternal age?
- Co-Authors: Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Jennifer Hutcheon, Paige Williams, Michele Hacker, Tyler VanderWeele, Wendy Norman
Meeting Quick Stats:
- Attendees at the Advanced Methods Workshop: 82
- Attendees at the Regular Meeting: 277
Day 1: Advanced Methods Workshop
The advanced methods workshop provided an informative and stimulating start to our annual meeting. Andres Cardenas (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) discussed methodological considerations for high-dimensional, epigenetics research in perinatal epidemiology, and Sonia Hernandez-Diaz (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) addressed the evaluation of epidemiologic evidence without p-values. Slides from both presentations are available for SPER members (click [here]). Many thanks to our presenters!
Next year, we hope you will join us for an interactive advanced methods workshop on “Questions and Approaches for Causal Inference in Perinatal Epidemiology” led by Jonathan Snowden (OHSU).
Day 1: Panel Discussion: Advanced Causal Inference Methods – Taking Stock
The 31st Annual Meeting opened with a panel discussion on causal inference methods. A focal point of the discussion included the theoretical and pragmatic implications of these frameworks to research in pediatric and perinatal epidemiology. The session was moderated by Quaker Harmon (NIEHS), and included panelists Robert Platt (McGill), Jonathan Snowden (OHSU), and Penelope Howards (Emory).
Many thanks to our moderator and panelists for a great opening session!
Day 2: Roundtable Discussions
Three engaging roundtables provided a great start to the second day of the annual meeting. Claudia Holzman (MSU) discussed the navigation of career paths in epidemiology, Allen Wilcox (NIEHS) moderated a discussion regarding the “most interesting” unanswered questions in perinatal epidemiology, and Megan Romano (Dartmouth) and Carmen Messerlian (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) discussed windows of vulnerability from preconception to childhood.
Day 2: Plenary Sessions
The plenary sessions featured a broad range of topics with relevance to parents, children, and families. Themes included fertility and fecundity (e.g., anovulation, ovarian reserve), obstetric and neonatal health (e.g., preterm birth, neonatal inflammation), child health and development, and methods (e.g., propensity matching, cohort retention). Thanks to our presenters for an engaging series of talks!
There were 203 posters presented across two poster sessions, spanning diverse topics in perinatal and pediatric epidemiology. Prior to each of these sessions, five “speed posters” were highlighted in the plenary to further illustrate the breadth of topics represented at the meeting.
Day 2: Keynote Address by Dr. Merete Eggesbø
Merete Eggesbø (Norwegian Institute of Public Health) gave a keynote address entitled “Gut microbiota: Early life determinants and potential health consequences.” Her review of this burgeoning area of research spanned diverse literatures (e.g., epigenetics, epidemiology) and outlined several gaps in knowledge key to moving the field forward.
Thanks to Dr. Eggesbø for her engaging address!
Join us for the SPER 32nd Annual Meeting
June 17-18, 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019, 1pm ET
Award Nomination Deadlines
- Heinz Berendes International Travel Award – February 4, 2019
- Student Prize Paper Award – March 4, 2019
- Rising Star Award Submission Deadline – March 4, 2019
- Mentoring Award Submission Deadline – March 4, 2019
Hello and happy fall! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer! First, I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming response that we received for the member survey. We had a record 179 responses. The executive committee has heard your feedback and we are planning some exciting changes for the upcoming year.
One issue that has emerged is members’ desire to continue to engage with each other throughout the year. We are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER), we will be hosting an online debate on a hot topic in the area of methods. We will be announcing the details soon; so, stay tuned. Next, in collaboration with Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, we will be hosting a student-led online journal club. If you are a student or trainee interested in getting involved in this effort, please reach out to me. We will be soliciting ideas for a paper to discuss shortly.
I’m particularly excited to share our plan to increase member involvement in the planning of our annual meeting. In addition to our regular call for abstracts, we will be inviting the membership to propose/host sessions. We will also be forming a program committee who will work closely with the president to plan and select content for the meeting. The committee is expected to include several past presidents, the president elect, the student representative, as well as a handful of members from the society at large. We will be releasing a call for nominations to this committee (self-nominations welcomed) in the coming weeks.
In addition to the program committee, we will be launching a communications committee. The charge of this committee, chaired by one of our members-at-large, will be to manage and generate content for the society’s social media accounts. The executive committee believes that member engagement is key to maintaining the vibrancy of our group. We are eager to see what this committee can do to pull us together virtually in between meetings. Again, we will be releasing a call for nominations to this committee in the coming weeks.
I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as your president and am looking forward to an exciting year. Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please send me a note at email@example.com.
All the best,
Thank you to everyone who reviewed abstracts for the 2018 SPER Annual Meeting. We appreciate the time and attention you took in conducting your reviews.
Anne Marie Jukic
Galit Levi Dunietz
Thank you to all of the members who offered their service to SPER and ran for election. The newly elected officers are listed below.
Brian W. Whitcomb, PhD
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Member at Large
Claire E. Margerison, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Michigan State University
Stephanie Leonard, PhD, MS
Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine