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Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn, PhD


Overview

Programs + Specialties
Training + Education Queen's University; Oregon Health and Science University
Gender Female

Honors + Awards

2016 Mary Hellerstein Junior Faculty Professional Development Award, sponsored by Women Faculty of the School of Medicine, CWRU. Cleveland, OH.
2012 5th Isotope Tracers in Metabolic Research Course Travel Award, Little Rock, AK.
2011 Outstanding Trainee of the Year Award for oral presentation at the Heart Research Center’s 13th annual retreat. Portland, OR.
2010 NIH-NICHD New Investigator Award at the Perinatal Biology Symposium, Aspen, CO.
2010 Outstanding Trainee of the Year Award for poster presentation at the Heart Research Center’s 12th annual retreat. Portland, OR.
2007 Travel Award at the Perinatal Research Society Meeting. Savannah, GA.
2007 NIH Young Investigator Travel Award at the Perinatal Biology Symposium. Aspen, CO.
2006 Honorable mention for “Outstanding Trainee of the Year Award” for outstanding presentation at the Heart Research Center’s 9th annual scientist retreat. Portland, OR.
2006 Spring/Summer Thesis Completion Bursary, Queen’s University.
2006 Christopher Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching, Queen’s University. Nominated for teaching in Gross Anatomy for Medical Students. This award honors Teaching Assistants who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the education of students. The selection process is entirely student-administered.
2005 Travel Award at the Ontario Hypertension Society Annual Spring Meeting. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.
2003 Travel Award at the Annual Meeting of the CAANCB. Ottawa, ON. (46th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies)
2001 C.P. Leblond Research Presentation Award in recognition of the best poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Anatomy, Neurobiology, and Cell Biology (CAANCB). Ottawa, ON. (44th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies)
2001 Award for poster presentation at the Ontario Hypertension Society Annual Spring Meeting. Huntsville, ON.

Publications + National Presentations

For a complete list of Dr. O’Tierney-Ginn’s publications, see: Full List

Selected Publications:

“Obesity and placental metabolism,” and “Placental metabolism and endocrinology,” University of Cambridge, Center for Trophoblast Research Annual Conference, Cambridge, UK, 2019.

“What does the placenta do with lipids?” International Federation of Placental Associations Conference, Uteroplacental Pathology & the Human Placenta Project Satellite Symposium, Portland, OR, 2016.

“Lipid metabolism and how it affects fetal growth,” American Diabetes Association 78th scientific Sessions, Placenta-derived biomarkers of adverse pregnancy outcomes in gestational diabetes symposium, Orlando, FL, 2018.

“How the maternal metabolic milieu affects placental function: implications for fetal growth,” Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2018.

News, Media + Videos

Research Grants

Grants:

NIH R01 HD091054
2017-2022
Placental Lipid Metabolism Impacts Fetal Adiposity and is Programmed by the Maternal Metabolic Milieu in Early Pregnancy. The goal of this project is to determine how maternal fat metabolism in early pregnancy programs placental lipid metabolism and neonatal fat deposition.
Role: PrincipaI Investigator

NIH R01 HD091735
2017-2021
Placental miRNA Profiles Associated with Maternal Insulin Resistance and Fetal Adiposity: Maternal-Placental Crosstalk. The goal of this project is to determine the association between miRNA originating in the placenta with maternal insulin resistance and fetal adiposity.
Role: PrincipaI Investigator

NIH HD 088061-01A1
2016-2021
Lifestyle Intervention in Preparation for Pregnancy.
The primary aim of this project is to decrease adiposity at birth in infants of overweight/obese women through lifestyle intervention of behavioral modification, healthy eating and exercise before a planned pregnancy using a RCT in women after their first pregnancy.
Role: Co-Investigator

NIH/NICHD R00HD062841
K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award
2013-2016
Maternal Obesity Suppresses Essential Fatty Acid Transport in the Placenta. The goals of this project were to determine the degree to which maternal obesity alters gender-specific fatty acid transport in the placenta
Role: Principal Investigator

NORC Pilot Project (CWRU Nutrition Obesity Research Center)
2014-2015
Effect of n-3 Supplementation on Placental Triglyceride Accumulation in Obese Women.
Goals: The major goal of this project was to determine the effect of n-3 fatty acid supplementation on fatty acid metabolism and triglyceride accumulation in placentas of obese women.
Role: Principal Investigator

The Gerber Foundation
01/2010-12/2010

Maternal Obesity Leads to Endothelial Dysfunction in the Neonate: Role of Essential Fatty Acids.
The goal of the project was to determine the effect of maternal obesity on neonatal endothelial function.
Role: Principal Investigator

Medical Research Foundation
2009-2010
Consequences of Obesity on Placental Fatty Acid Transport and Inflammation.
The aims of this project were to determine the degree to which maternal obesity alters fatty acid transport systems in the term placenta and the extent to which this effect is mediated by inflammatory cytokines.
Role: Principal Investigator

American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
2007-2008
Placental Insufficiency Alters Cardiac Development: Role of Corticosteroids.
Role: Principal Investigator
Goals: To determine if corticosteroids mediate the effects of placental insufficiency on cardiac development in the near-term sheep fetus.

Lab Description

Perrie O’Tierney-Ginn, PhD is a Principal Investigator in the MIRI. Dr. O’Tierney-Ginn’s overall interest is to understand the effect of the maternal nutritional environment (metabolism, diet, body composition) on placental function, and fetal nutrient delivery and growth. Dr. O’Tierney-Ginn’s work is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Please visit her external lab website at www.placentascience.com for more information.