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Kelsey McLaughlin, PhD

Lead Scientist & Medical Editor

Dr. Kelsey McLaughlin is a clinical research scientist with expertise in pregnancy, women's health and hypertension. Kelsey completed a Bachelor of Science at Queen's University, followed by her PhD in Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. Kelsey's research program focuses on developing clinical strategies, novel therapies and medical informatic solutions to improve maternal and fetal outcomes in hypertensive pregnancies.


Melanie Audette, MD PhD

Collaborating Scientist & Medical Editor

Dr. Melanie Audette is a Clinical Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, then completed her PhD, MD and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Melanie's research program focuses on the role of the placenta in pregnancy conditions and she has published several peer-reviewed journal publications

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Jovian Wat, PhD

Collaborating Scientist

Jovian Wat earned a Bachelor of Science at Queen's University and a Master of Science at the University of British Columbia before pursuing his PhD at the University of Toronto. His molecular and animal research program focuses on exploring therapies to prevent preeclampsia. He has published in academic journals, and delivered presentations at local, national, and international conferences. 


Claire Mazzia, MSc

Contributing Scientist

Claire Mazzia is a medical student at the University of Toronto. She previously completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Biomedical Sciences and her Master's degree in Applied Immunology at the University of Toronto. Claire’s current research investigates reproductive health and pregnancy in individuals with spinal cord injury. Claire has a strong interest in obstetrics - she has worked as a hospital research assistant facilitating obstetrics research in Toronto and has volunteered in Obstetrics & Gynecology clinics. Claire is particularly interested in the intersection of social justice and obstetrics.


Kayla Abrego, MSc

Contributing Scientist

Kayla Abrego studied in the Honors Bachelor of Health Science program with a minor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa before completing her Master of Science degree in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto. Her research interest focusses on preventative health intervention and healthy lifestyles for maternal and infant health. Kayla aims to study individuals holistically with consideration of their lived-in environments to allow for more targeted and individualized health strategies.



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