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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

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.

St-Pierre J, Laplante D.P., Elgbeili G., King S., Vaillancourt C. (2015).  Prenatal maternal stress alters placental serotonin system in a fœtal sex dependent manner: QF2011 Queensland Flood Study. Presented at International Federation of Placenta Associations IFPA-EPG meeting. Brisbane, Australia. September 2015. Placenta, 36 (9), p. A9 (doi:10.1016/j.placenta.2015.07.213).

O’Hara, M.W., Brock, R.L., Hart, K., McCabe, J., Williamson, J.A., Laplante, D.P., & King, S. (2015). The Impact of Traumatic Stress during Pregnancy on the Development of Perinatal Maternal Depression: The Iowa Flood Study. International Association for Women’s Mental Health, March 22-25, 2015, Tokyo, Japan.

*Moss, K., Cobham, V., Simcock, G., Kildea, S., King, S. (2015) Timing of Prenatal Maternal Stress and Child Motor Development: the Queensland Flood Study Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, March 19-21, 2015, Philadelphia.

*Laplante, DP, Mouallem, M., Elgbeili, G., Cao-Lei, L., Cobham, V., Brunet, A., Kildea, S., King S. (2015). The 5‐HTTLPR polymorphism of the serotonin transporter gene moderates the relationship between prenatal maternal stress and autism spectrum disorder symptoms: The Queensland Flood Study. Poster presentation at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting. Montebello, Quebec, Canada. February 24-27.

*Dancause KN, Laplante DP, Hart KJ, O'Hara MW, Elgbeilli G, Liu A, Brunet A, King S. (2015) Genotype moderates effects of prenatal maternal stress due to a natural disaster on growth in infancy and early childhood: The Iowa Flood Study. Oral presentation at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meetings. 25 February 2015, Montebello QC, Canada.

*King, S., Cao-Lei, L., Elgbeili1 G., Massart R., Laplante 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.

St-Pierre, J., Laplante, D.P., Elgbeili, G., King, S., & Vaillancourt, C. (2015). Prenatal maternal stress alters placental endocrine functions: Fetal sex implications. Poster presentation at the Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting. Montebello, Quebec, Canada. February 24-27.

*Cao-Lei L., Elgbeili G., Massart R., Laplante 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.

St-Pierre, J., Laplante, D.P., Elgbeili, G., King, S., & Vaillancourt, C. (2014). Prenatal maternal stress alters placental endocrine functions: Fetal sex implications. International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA), September 9-12, 2014, Paris. Placenta, 2014; 35 (9)

*Dufoix R., Charil 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. International Society for Developmental Neuroscience, Montreal, Canada. July 19-24, 2014. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 47 (2015), p.12.

*King, S. & Laplante, D.P. (2014). Prenatal exposure to a natural disaster and life long health risks. CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver, Canada, June 22-26, 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 17,

*King, S., Turcotte-Tremblay, A.M., Lim, R., Laplante, D.P., Kobzik, L., & Brunet, A. (2014). Prenatal Maternal Stress Increases the Risk for Asthma in 12 Year Old Girls. CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver, Canada, June 22-26, 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 17, 127-127.

*King, S., Laplante, 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., Dufoix, R. Laplante, 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., Yong Ping, E., Laplante, D.P., Hillerer, K.M., & O’Hara, M.W. (2014). Prenatal maternal stress and toddler stress reactivity at 2½ years of age: the Iowa flood study. CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver, Canada, June 22-26, 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 17, 126-126.

*King, S., Laplante, 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.

*King, S., Dancause, K., O’Hara, M.W., Hart, K.J., Laplante, D.P., Engeldinger, J., Yu, C., & Brunet, A. (2014). COMT genotype moderates effects of prenatal maternal stress due to a natural disaster on birth outcomes: The Iowa Flood Study. CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vancouver, Canada, June 22-26, 2014. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 17, 127-127.

*Dufoix4, R. Laplante, 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.

*Zhang, H., Dancause, K., Laplante, D.P., Aihua, L., Brunet, A., O’Hara, M.W., Hart, K.J., & King, S. (2014). Prenatal maternal stress caused by a natural disaster is associated with handedness at 30 months: Iowa flood study. Development 2014: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Ottawa, Canada, May 8-9, 2014.

*Yong Ping, E., Laplante, D.P., Hillerer, K.M., O’Hara, M.W., & King, S. (2014). Prenatal maternal stress and toddler stress reactivity at 2½ years of age: the Iowa flood study. Development 2014: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Ottawa, Canada, May 8-9, 2014.

*Dufoix R., Charil 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., Laplante, D.P. et al. (2014). Disaster-Related Prenatal Maternal Stress Affects Cognitive and Language Abilities in Toddlers: The Iowa Flood Study. Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting, Banff, Canada, February 12-15, 2014.

*King, S., Laplante, 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 Ping, E., Yu, C., Hillerer, K., O’Hara, M.W. & Laplante, 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., Laplante, 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.

*Dufoix, R., Laplante, 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.

*Cao, L., Szyf, M., Laplante, 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.

*King,S., Cao, L, Szyf, M., Laplante, D.P. (2013). DNA Methylation signatures of prenatal maternal exposure to a natural disaster: Project Ice Storm.  Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Singapore, November 17-20, 2013. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 4 (S2), November 2013, p. S202.

*King, S., Laplante, D.P. (2013). Water and Ice: Using Natural Disasters to Study Prenatal Maternal Stress. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Singapore, November 17-20, 2013. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 4 (S2), November 2013, p. S210.

*King, S., Hurd, P.L., Liu, A., Laplante, D.P. (2013). Prenatal maternal exposure to a natural disaster predicts more masculine 2D:4D finger length ratio in girls: Project Ice Storm. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Singapore, November 17-20, 2013. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 4 (S2), November 2013, p. S207.

*King S., O'Hara MW, Laplante DP (2013). Disaster-Related Prenatal Maternal Stress Affects Cognitive and Language Abilities in Toddlers: The Iowa Flood Study. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Singapore, November 17-20, 2013. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 4 (S2), November 2013, p. S201.

*King S., Laplante DP, Dancause KN, Nylen KJ, O'Hara MW (2013). Prenatal stress due to a natural disaster predicts birth weight and length: The Iowa Flood Study. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Singapore, November 17-20, 2013. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 4 (S2), November 2013, p. S207.

Pangelinan, M.M., King, S., Brunet, A., Chakravarty, M.M., Charil, A., Dickie, E.W., Hoge, R.D., Pruessner, J.C., Laplante, D.,P, & Paus, T. (June 2013). Structural properties of the corticospinal tract in children exposed to prenatal maternal stress. Presented at the Annual Meeting for Human Brain Mapping, Seattle, WA, USA.

*Dancause KN, Veru F, Andersen RE, Laplante DP, King S (2013). Prenatal stress due to a natural disaster predicts insulin secretion in adolescence. Poster to be presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, April 18 – 20.

*Laplante, D. P., Nylen, K., O’Hara, M. W., Brunet, A., Yu, C., & King, S. (2013). Disaster-Related Prenatal Maternal Stress Affects Cognitive and Language Abilities in Toddlers: The Iowa Flood Study. Poster to be presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, April 18 – 20.

*Laplante, D. P., Walder, D. J., Brunet, A., & King, S. (2013). Prenatal Maternal Stress Predicts Subclinical Autism Traits in 6½ Year-old Children: Project Ice Storm. Poster to be presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, April 18 – 20.

*Dancause KN, O'Hara MW, Nylen KJ, Laplante DP, Engeldinger J, Yu C, Brunet A, King S. (2013). Prenatal stress due to a natural disaster predicts birth weight and length: The Iowa Flood Study. Podium presentation accepted for the CRDH (Centre for Research in Human Development) annual conference "Successful Development." Montreal QC, Canada, 15 February 2013​

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]