Expert Alert - Embracing Motherhood - A Healthy Experience

CIHR experts discuss health research in light of Mother's Day

OTTAWA, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Easygoing or strict, conservative or cool; moms of all kinds want the best for their children especially when it comes to their health. In 2008-09, Canadian women gave birth to more than 377,700 babies, representing an 11% increase from 2004-05. Motherhood is a context in which women confront particular, and often new, health-related issues and choices.

In light of Mother's Day (May 9), experts from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are available to discuss current health research related to motherhood.


Exclusive or predominant breastfeeding: does it really influence child health outcomes?

Dr. Michael Kramer, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (Montreal)

Talking about marijuana and teens: fitting moms into the conversation.

Dr. Joy Johnson, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (Vancouver)

Big mama, big baby: intervention during pregnancy to reduce childhood obesity.

Drs. Isabelle Giroux and Michelle F. Mottola, CIHR-funded researchers from the University of Western Ontario (London)

Passing on your red hair, brown eyes or your HIV: 25% risk of moms infecting their babies and how to stop it.

Dr. Nitika Pant Pai, CIHR-funded researcher from McGill University (Montreal)

Can fish oil every day keep postpartum depression away?

Dr. Sophie Grigoriadis, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Toronto

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact David Coulombe, CIHR Media Specialist, Office: (613) 941-4563, Cellphone: (613) 808-7526, Fax: (613) 954-6653, E-mail:

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