Research Studies

The Owerko Centre is home to two primary child health research studies: The Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) study and the All Our Families (AOF) cohort study.


Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition Study (APRON)

The Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) study is an ongoing prospective cohort study that recruited pregnant women early in pregnancy and, as of 2012, is following up their infants to 12 years of age. It has enrolled approximately 5500 Albertans (2000 pregnant women, their offspring and many of their partners).The primary aims of the APrON study were to determine the relationships between maternal nutrient intake and status, before, during and after gestation, and (1) maternal mood; (2) birth and obstetric outcomes; and (3) infant neurodevelopment. We have collected comprehensive maternal nutrition, anthropometric, biological, and mental health data at multiple points in the pregnancy and the post-partum period, as well as obstetrical, birth, health and neurodevelopmental outcomes of these pregnancies. The study continues to follow the children to 12 years of age.

All Our Families

All Our Families

All Our Families Study

The All Our Families cohort is a community-based, longitudinal pregnancy cohort developed in 2008 to investigate the relationships between the prenatal and early life periods, parental well-being and the health and life outcomes for infants, children, mothers and families. Over 3,300 Alberta mother-baby pairs were recruited who, over the years, have responded to 13+ surveys/questionnaires, providing contemporary information about children growing up in an urban setting.