IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Michael Kramer

10 - 14 June 2013

Michael Kramer is James McGill Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He has been principal investigator on several large, multicentre epidemiologic studies and randomized trials in the general area of maternal and child health. A member of four expert committees of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, in 1997-8 he served as President of the Society of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research. From 1995-2001, he chaired the Steering Committee of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System and served as the Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Human Development and Child and Youth Health from 2003-2011. He has received operating grant support from the Medical Research Council of Canada (now CIHR), Canada’s National Health Research and Development Program, NIH, the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, and the March of Dimes. Professor Kramer has authored or co-authored 20 books and monographs, and has published over 300 original articles. His systematic review of the evidence on the optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding led directly to new infant feeding recommendations by WHO and the World Health Assembly. His current principal areas of research are the short- and long-term child health effects of breastfeeding; new epidemiologic and statistical methods for analysis of fetal growth, timing of birth, and fetal/infant morality; socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcomes, and the effects of increasing induction and caesarean delivery on birth weight, gestational age, and maternal/fetal/infant morbidity and mortality. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada in 2011.

During his visit to Bristol Professor Kramer will contribute to the work of the Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in Nutrition, diet and Lifestyle including obesity and the School of Social and Community Medicine, the Lifecourse Epidemiology Group at the School of Oral and Dental Sciences, and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).

Events Professor Kramer will be involved in during his stay in Bristol:

11th June: Challenges in doing systematic reviews: insights from real life examples. Short course in Systematic Reviews

12th June: Observational Cohort Analyses of a Large Randomised Trial: New Insights in Lifecourse Epidemiology of Child Health and Development

13th June: What is Preterm Birth?


For further information on Professor Kramer's visit, please contact Professor Richard Martin.