From an epidemiologic perspective, migration can be considered as a natural experiment and newly arrived migrants can be regarded as a cohort exposed to a new environment. This great potential for epidemiologic studies, however, has been undermined by the lack of information of pre- and post-migration exposures in most information systems. Research on migrants’ health has therefore relied on a few proxies such as country of origin, year of immigration and typologies of migrants. These few indicators, in combination with other data, may still provide valuable insights to understand differences in health among newly arrived immigrants and subsequent changes in health status associated with duration of residence in the host country. In this seminar we will discuss these issues on the light of perinatal data.

Marcelo L. Urquia is a Research Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, the Keenan Research Centre in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr Urquia is also affiliated with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, in Canada. Dr Urquia’s research interests include reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, maternal and child health, immigrant health and international health. .

The seminar will take place at CHESS, 5th floor, Sveaplan, on Friday 26 April at 1 pm (obs. date/time).