Marcelo L. Urquia

PhD, MSc, Mg Public Health, BA

Affiliate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Research Interests

Maternal and infant health, perinatal epidemiology, migration and health, social determinants of health

Research Activities

My ongoing research involves several aspects of maternal, fetal and infant health, with emphasis on immigrant populations.

Please note: Dr. Urquia is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Yasseen Iii, AS, Bassil, K, Sprague, A, Urquia, M, Maguire, JL. Late preterm birth and previous cesarean section: a population-based cohort study. J. Matern. Fetal. Neonatal. Med. 2018; :1-8. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2018.1438397. PubMed PMID:29415589 .
  2. Saunders, NR, Lebenbaum, M, Stukel, TA, Lu, H, Urquia, ML, Kurdyak, P et al.. Suicide and self-harm trends in recent immigrant youth in Ontario, 1996-2012: a population-based longitudinal cohort study. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (9):e014863. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014863. PubMed PMID:28864687 PubMed Central PMC5589002.
  3. Urquia, ML, Wanigaratne, S, Ray, JG, Joseph, KS. Severe Maternal Morbidity Associated With Maternal Birthplace: A Population-Based Register Study. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2017;39 (11):978-987. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2017.05.012. PubMed PMID:28733065 .
  4. Park, AL, Tu, K, Ray, JG, Canadian Curves Consortium. Differences in growth of Canadian children compared to the WHO 2006 Child Growth Standards. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017;31 (5):452-462. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12377. PubMed PMID:28692179 .
  5. Brar, A, Wanigaratne, S, Pulver, A, Ray, JG, Urquia, ML. Sex Ratios at Birth Among Indian Immigrant Subgroups According to Time Spent in Canada. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2017;39 (6):459-464.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2017.01.002. PubMed PMID:28462899 .
  6. Khan, AM, Urquia, M, Kornas, K, Henry, D, Cheng, SY, Bornbaum, C et al.. Socioeconomic gradients in all-cause, premature and avoidable mortality among immigrants and long-term residents using linked death records in Ontario, Canada. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017;71 (7):625-632. doi: 10.1136/jech-2016-208525. PubMed PMID:28289039 PubMed Central PMC5485756.
  7. Yudin, MH, Mistry, N, De Souza, LR, Besel, K, Patel, V, Blanco Mejia, S et al.. Text messages for influenza vaccination among pregnant women: A randomized controlled trial. Vaccine. 2017;35 (5):842-848. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.12.002. PubMed PMID:28062124 .
  8. Urquia, ML, Pulver, A, Heaman, MI, Ray, JG, Daoud, N, O'Campo, P et al.. Partner Disengagement from Pregnancy and Adverse Maternal and Infant Outcomes. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017;26 (3):234-240. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2015.5627. PubMed PMID:27860534 .
  9. Urquia, ML, Ray, JG, Wanigaratne, S, Moineddin, R, O'Campo, PJ. Variations in male-female infant ratios among births to Canadian- and Indian-born mothers, 1990-2011: a population-based register study. CMAJ Open. ;4 (2):E116-23. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20150141. PubMed PMID:27398354 PubMed Central PMC4933604.
  10. Wanigaratne, S, Cole, DC, Bassil, K, Hyman, I, Moineddin, R, Shakya, Y et al.. Severe Neonatal Morbidity Among Births to Refugee Women. Matern Child Health J. 2016;20 (10):2189-98. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-2047-4. PubMed PMID:27395384 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences