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Robert Gagnon, MD, FRCS(C)

Lawson Health Research Institute

Phone: 519-646-6106
Fax: 519-646-6213

  • Established investigator recruited to University of Western Ontario, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1987.
  • Completed 2.5 years Research Fellowship with Dr. John Patrick on Fetal Physiology.
  • Became Medical Research Council of Canada Scholar in 1989 and remained on External Salary Funding until 1999.
  • Pioneered an animal model using fetal sheep of chronic placental insufficiency.
  • As a result, demonstrated for the first time that chronic placental insufficiency leads to myocardial hypertrophy and chronic fetal hypertension.
  • Peer-reviewed funding from the Medical Research Council of Canada.
  • 24 papers and 47 abstracts published over the last five years.
  • Major research projects using a non-invasive technology including Doppler technique to assess regional distribution of blood flow and cardiac function during placental insufficiency.
  • Interest in improving detection and treatment of placental insufficiency and using pharmacologic vasoactive agents to prevent myocardial hypertrophy and its consequences in adulthood.