Conferences

Research findings from the King Lab have been presented at a variety of national and international conferences. 

Presented Talks

Suzanne King, Karène Brenner, Aihua Liu, David P. Laplante, & Ridha Joober (September 2008). Cortisol Response to a Psychosocial Stressor in Schizophrenia: Blunted, Delayed or Normal? Society for Research in Psychology. Pittsburgh, Pensylvania 

Abstracts and Presentations in the Past 3 Years.

*Cao-Lei, L., Dancause, K.N., Elgbeili, G., Laplante, D.P., Szyf, M., & King, S. (2017).  DNA methylation mediates the effect of maternal cognitive appraisal of a disaster in pregnancy on her child’s C-peptide secretion at age of 13½ years: Project Ice Storm.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Montebello, Quebec, February 14-17, 2017.

*McKee, K., Navarri, X., Elgbeili, G., Laplante, D.P., Jones, S.L., Devenyi, G.A., Chakravarty, M.M., & King, S. (2017). Cerebellar volume mediates the association between prenatal maternal stress and motor performance in adolescent boys : Project Ice Storm. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Montebello, Quebec, February 14-17, 2017.

*Cao-Lei L, Dancause KN, Elgbeili G, Laplante DP, Szyf M, & King S. Mediation effects of DNA methylation on the impact of exposure to the prenatal maternal stress from the 1998 Quebec ice storm on metabolic outcomes at age 13½. Third Canadian Conference on Epigenetics “Epigenomics in Development and Disease”. September 18-21, 2016, Esterel, Quebec, Canada.

King, S. (2016). Long-lasting effects of prenatal maternal stress on human development: Project Ice Storm. Part of a symposium entitled Critical Periods: Assimilating Animal and Human Data. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, August 7-10, 2016, Montreal, Canada.

King, S., Duchesne, A., Liu, A., Jones, S.L., and Laplante, D.P. (2016) Earlier menarche onset is predicted by prenatal maternal stress-induced increases in body mass index: Project Ice Storm.  Poster presented at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, February 10-13 2016, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

King, S., Cao-Lei, L., Veru, F., Dancause, K.N., Elgbeili, G., Szyf, M., Laplante, D.P. (2016). DNA methylation mediates the effect of exposure to prenatal maternal stress on cytokine and insulin outcomes in children at age 13½ years: Project Ice Storm. Poster presented at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, February 10-13 2016, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

King, S., Mettler, J., Di Pietrantonio, O., & Laplante, D.P. (October 2015). Prenatal maternal stress from a natural disaster predicts thought disorder in adolescent boys and in those exposed in mid-gestation: Project Ice Storm. The annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, New Orleans, October 15-18, 2015.

*King, S., Cao-Lei5, L., Elgbeili1 G., Massart R., Laplante1 D. P., Moshe S.. DNA methylation mediates the impact of exposure to prenatal maternal stress from the Quebec Ice Storm disaster on BMI and central adiposity in children at age 13½ years. Poster presentation at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting. Montebello, Quebec, Canada. February 24-27.

*Cao-Lei5 L., Elgbeili1 G., Massart R., Laplante1 D. P., Moshe S., King, S. (2015). Pregnant women’s cognitive appraisal of a natural disaster affects DNA methylation in their children 13 years later: Project Ice Storm. Poster presentation at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting. Montebello, Quebec, Canada. February 24-27.

*Dufoix4 R., Charil5 A., Laplante1 D. P., Paus T., Pruessner J., King S. (2014). Prenatal maternal stress from a natural disaster predicts hippocampal volumes in boys at age 11: Project Ice Storm. International Society for Developmental Neuroscience, Montreal, Canada. July 19-24, 2014. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 47 (2015), p.12.

*King, S., Laplante1, D.P., O’Hara, M.W., & Kildea, S. (2014). Water and Ice: Using Natural Disasters to Study Prenatal Maternal Stress. CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver, Canada, June 22-26, 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 17, 167-167.

*King, S., Dufoix4, R. Laplante1, D.P., & et al.  (2014). Prenatal Maternal Stress from a Natural Disaster Predicts Hippocampal Volumes in Boys at age 11: Project Ice Storm. CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver, Canada, June 22-26, 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 17, 126-126.

*King, S., Laplante1, D.P. et al. (2014). Prenatal maternal exposure to a natural disaster predicts more masculine 2D:4D finger length ratio in girls: Project Ice Storm. CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver, Canada, June 22-26, 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 17, 126-127.

*Dufoix4, R. Laplante1, D.P., & King, S. et al.  (2014). Prenatal Maternal Stress from a Natural Disaster Predicts Hippocampal Volumes in Boys at age 11: Project Ice Storm. Development 2014: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Ottawa, Canada, May 8-9, 2014.

*Dufoix4 R., Charil5 A., Laplante D. P., Paus T., Pruessner J., King S. (2014). Prenatal maternal stress from a natural disaster predicts hippocampal volumes in boys at age 11: Project Ice Storm.  World Congress on Brain, Behavior and Emotions, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 7-9, 2014.

*King, S., Laplante1, D.P. et al. (2014). Prenatal maternal exposure to a natural disaster predicts more masculine 2D:4D finger length ratio in girls: Project Ice Storm. Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Banff, Canada, February 12-15, 2014.

*King, S., Yong Ping1, E., Yu, C., Hillerer4, K., O’Hara, M.W. & Laplante1, D.P. (2014). Prenatal Maternal Stress and Toddler Stress Reactivity at 2½ Years of Age: The Iowa Flood Study. Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Banff, Canada, February 12-15, 2014.

*King, S., Laplante1, D.P. (2014). Water and Ice: Using Natural Disasters to Study Prenatal Maternal Stress. Oral presentation at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Banff, Canada, February 12-15, 2014.

*Dufoix4, R., Laplante1, D.P., & King, S. et al.  (2014). Prenatal Maternal Stress from a Natural Disaster Predicts Hippocampal Volumes in Boys at age 11: Project Ice Storm. Oral presentation at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Banff, Canada, February 12-15, 2014.

*Cao5, L., Szyf, M., Laplante1, D.P., & King, S. et al.  (2014). Prenatal Maternal Stress from a Natural Disaster Predicts DNA Methylation Signatures at age 13: Project Ice Storm. Oral presentation at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Banff, Canada, February 12-15, 2014.

Past Conference organized by the King Lab

Climate Change and Disasters: Potential Effects on Pregnant Women and Their Children

The Prenatal Maternal Stress Research Group at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (Suzanne King, Ph.D., David P. Laplante, Ph.D., and Arnaud Charil, Ph.D.) organized a conference entitled "Climate Change and Disasters: Potential Effects on Pregnant Women and Their Children", held on January 28, 29, and 30 2009. The aims of the three-day conference were to review the current knowledge about the effects of prenatal maternal stress on the foetus [Day 1], the effects of prenatal maternal stress on brain development in animals and humans [Day 2], and the effects of disasters on populations, in particular women and children [Day 3]. The overall goal of the conference was to reach consensus about research needs, gaps and opportunities to help design future studies involving natural and/or man-made disasters on human populations.

Conference Poster [.pdf]
Conference Schedule [.pdf]