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angle-left Olga Basso, PhD

Scientist, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University



infertility • perinatal and child health • preterm birth • pregnancy complications • ovarian cancer

Research Focus

My research focuses on reproductive/perinatal epidemiology and women's health. My underlying focus is on addressing the impact of complex exposures on the health of women and children. For example, babies conceived after infertility treatment may have adverse outcomes not only from the treatment itself, but also due to the conditions that reduced parental fertility. Similarly, the higher risk of death and disease in preterm babies is most likely due both to being born too early and to the pathologies that cause preterm birth in the first place. Understanding these complex conditions better will not only lead to better clinical decisions and patient management, but also open avenues for prevention.

Selected Publications

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  • Talge NM, Mudd LM, Sikorskii A, Basso O. United States birth weight reference corrected for implausible gestational age estimates. Pediatrics. 2014;133: 844-853.

  • Basso O. Reproductive epidemiology in an evolutionary perspective: Why bigger may not be better. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2014;1:98-101.

  • Fell DB, Platt RW, Lanes A, Wilson K, Kaufman JS, Basso O, Buckeridge D. Fetal death and preterm birth associated with maternal influenza vaccination: Systematic review. Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 2015;122:17-26.

  • Messerlian C*, Platt R, Tan SL, Gagnon R, Basso O. Low technology assisted reproduction and the risk of preterm birth in a hospital-based cohort. Fertil Steril. 2015 Jan;103(1):81-88.

  • Messerlian C*, Platt RW, Ata B, Tan SL, Basso O. Do the causes of infertility play a direct role in the etiology of preterm birth? Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2015;29(2):101-12.