Big start for the Canadian Mother-Child Collaborative Training Platform – CAMCCO-L

CAMCCO-L is the first Canadian platform for interdisciplinary training in perinatal research on complementary drugs to university training, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Source: CHU Sainte-Justine

Dr. Louise Pilote, Dr. Evelyne Vinet, Dr. Natalie Dayan, Dr. Isabelle Malhamé, Michal Abrahamowicz, Ph.D., and Dr. Sasha Bernatsky from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (RI-MUHC) join with about forty other researchers from across the country and beyond, to launch the Canadian Collaborative Mother-Child Training Platform (CAMCCO-L).

Researcher Anick Bérard from the CHU Sainte-Justine and the University of Montreal is leading the program on the impact of medication taken during pregnancy. CAMCCOL’s first cohort of 19 students will begin training on October 6 with the goal of becoming future leaders in perinatal drug research.

Tailor-made training

Guided by the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, the CAMCCO-L training platform is a new model of virtual learning. It offers specialized online courses, professional training workshops in research, including seminars on patient-oriented research, discussion forums, a Summer School on drug development, in addition to internship opportunities. Canadian and international professionals with mentors from CAMCCO-L.

From parent to patient partner

CAMCCO-L also aims to train patient partners in perinatal research. Fathers, mothers, pregnant women and families with or without sick children can register on the CAMCCO-L site. Free and adapted sessions are available now and many more will be added soon.

Medicines and pregnancy

To fully appreciate the risks and benefits – for the fetus and the mother – associated with taking drugs during pregnancy, it is necessary to acquire knowledge in epidemiology, genetics, toxicology, methods of causal analysis, and to draw the best of artificial intelligence modeling. CAMCCO-L complements traditional disciplinary academic options with transdisciplinary and intersectoral training that will better equip the researchers of tomorrow.

To find out more and discover the CAMCCO-L 2022-2023 student scholarships

Read the press release

Visit the Canadian Mother-Child Collaborative Training Platform website