Deshayne Fell

Affiliate Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Deshayne Fell is a perinatal epidemiologist, appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa and as an Affiliate Investigator in the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Her research uses large, linked population databases and registries to improve our understanding of factors affecting maternal and infant population health. Her specific focus includes infection and immunization during pregnancy and their relationship with birth outcomes and longer-term pediatric health outcomes, including safety and effectiveness of maternal immunization. Dr. Fell has been a member of two WHO Technical Advisory Groups related to maternal immunization.

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Research Projects

  1. Maternal-Newborn Health System Changes and Outcomes in Ontario Canada during Wave 1 of the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Retrospective Study


    Wave 1 of the COVID-19 pandemic led to system-level and clinical practice changes in Ontario maternal-newborn settings. Importantly, there is no evidence that these changes resulted in any contemporaneous increase in adverse perinatal outcomes, including stillbirth and preterm birth.

  2. Association of SARS-CoV-2 Infection During Pregnancy with Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes


    In this exploratory surveillance study conducted in Canada from March 2020 to October 2021, SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy was significantly associated with increased risk of adverse maternal outcomes and preterm birth.

  3. Maternal cannabis use in pregnancy and child neurodevelopmental outcomes


    With the legalization of recreational cannabis in many jurisdictions, there is concern about potentially adverse childhood outcomes related to prenatal exposure.

  4. Epidemiology and Clinical Outcomes of Hospitalizations for Acute Respiratory or Febrile Illness and Laboratory-Confirmed Influenza Among Pregnant Women During Six Influenza Seasons, 2010–2016


    Our findings characterize seasonal influenza hospitalizations among pregnant women and can inform assessments of the public health and economic impact of seasonal influenza on pregnant women.

  5. Does Respiratory Syncytial Virus Lower Respiratory Illness in Early Life Cause Recurrent Wheeze of Early Childhood and Asthma? Critical Review of the Evidence and Guidance for Future Studies From a World Health Organization-sponsored Meeting


    Many observational studies have found an association between RSV LRTI in early life and subsequent respiratory morbidity, including recurrent wheeze of early childhood (RWEC) and asthma.