International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) in Montreal (Canada): Marie-Julie Allard presented a poster entitled “Placental Infection By Group B Streptococcus Induces Sex-Specific Maternofetal Inflammatory Responses Associated with ASD-like Behaviors in Males”.
6th Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) in Mont-Tremblant (Canada): Mathilde Chevin and Marie-Julie Allard presented their work on, respectively, the blockade of the inflammatory mediator interleukin-1 combined with hypothermia in a rat model of neonatal asphyxia and the sex-specific maternofetal immune responses associated with placental infection by group B Streptococcus.
Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in San Diego (United States): Marie-Julie Allard presented her results on placental inflammation triggered by GBS serotype III, intra-uterine growth retardation and neuromotor impairments in the rat progeny.
International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) in Rotterdam (The Netherlands): Marie-Julie Allard presented her results on sex-specific placental inflammation triggered by maternal group B Streptococcal infection.
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in Boston (United States): Dr. Fatema Al Amrani presented a study on the efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin administration in the treatment of refractory epilepsy due to brain malformations (focal cortical dysplasia). Mathilde Chevin presented her results on the blockade of an inflammatory mediator (interleukin-1) combined with hypothermia in a rat model of neonatal asphyxia leading to cerebral palsy.
International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in San Francisco (United States): Marie-Julie Allard presented her results on the inflammatory response triggered by group B Streptococcus at the end of gestation and its implication in the genesis of autistic-like traits in the progeny.
Annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) in Montreal (Canada): Antoine Giraud presented his research project dealing with the effect of end-gestational antibiotic administration on the placental inflammatory response in a rat model of group B Streptococcus infection.
4th Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting (CNPRM) in Montebello (Canada): This scientific meeting aims to foster collaborative research in Canada and to discuss latest discoveries in order to improve newborn care and policy. Sebire lab presented four communications on the noxious effects of inflammation on the newborns’ brain, and related perspectives about neuroprotective treatments. Key findings are: sex specific nature and effects of inflammation, potential implication of microbes (group B strep) in autism, importance of developing targeted anti-inflammatory treatments to protect newborns from brain asphyxia.
*Congratulations to Julie Bergeron and Marie-Julie Allard who won, respectively, the CIHR award of excellence poster presentation and the CNPRM best poster presentation.