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. Urquia, ML, Wall-Wieler, E, Ruth, CA, Liu, X, Roos, LL. Revisiting the association between maternal and offspring preterm birth using a sibling design. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019;19 (1):157. doi: 10.1186/s12884-019-2304-9. PubMed PMID:31138142 PubMed Central PMC6540384.
  2. Wanigaratne, S, Rashid, M, Gagnon, A, Cole, DC, Shakya, Y, Moineddin, R et al.. Refugee mothers, migration pathways and HIV: a population-based cohort study. AIDS Care. 2019; :1-7. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1612009. PubMed PMID:31060379 .
  3. Castelló, A, Urquia, M, Rodríguez-Arenas, MÁ, Bolúmar, F. Missing girls among deliveries from Indian and Chinese mothers in Spain 2007-2015. Eur. J. Epidemiol. 2019;34 (7):699-709. doi: 10.1007/s10654-019-00513-6. PubMed PMID:30891687 .
  4. Wall-Wieler, E, Carmichael, SL, Urquia, ML, Liu, C, Hjern, A. Severe maternal morbidity and postpartum mental health-related outcomes in Sweden: a population-based matched-cohort study. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2019;22 (4):519-526. doi: 10.1007/s00737-018-0917-z. PubMed PMID:30334101 .
  5. Chandrasekaran, N, De Souza, LR, Urquia, ML, Young, B, Mcleod, A, Windrim, R et al.. Is anemia an independent risk factor for postpartum depression in women who have a cesarean section? - A prospective observational study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018;18 (1):400. doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-2032-6. PubMed PMID:30314455 PubMed Central PMC6186102.
  6. Saunders, NR, Lebenbaum, M, Lu, H, Stukel, TA, Urquia, ML, Guttmann, A et al.. Trends in mental health service utilisation in immigrant youth in Ontario, Canada, 1996-2012: a population-based longitudinal cohort study. BMJ Open. 2018;8 (9):e022647. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022647. PubMed PMID:30224392 PubMed Central PMC6144399.
  7. Wall-Wieler, E, Roos, LL, Lee, JB, Urquia, ML, Roos, NP, Bruce, S et al.. Placement in Care in Early Childhood and School Readiness: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Child Maltreat. 2019;24 (1):66-75. doi: 10.1177/1077559518796658. PubMed PMID:30176734 .
  8. Wanigaratne, S, Uppal, P, Bhangoo, M, Januwalla, A, Singal, D, Urquia, ML et al.. Sex ratios at birth among second-generation mothers of South Asian ethnicity in Ontario, Canada: a retrospective population-based cohort study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2018;72 (11):1044-1051. doi: 10.1136/jech-2018-210622. PubMed PMID:29929953 PubMed Central PMC6227816.
  9. Januwalla, A, Pulver, A, Wanigaratne, S, O'Campo, P, Urquia, ML. Interventions to reduce adverse health outcomes resulting from manifestations of gender bias amongst immigrant populations: a scoping review. BMC Womens Health. 2018;18 (1):104. doi: 10.1186/s12905-018-0604-2. PubMed PMID:29921247 PubMed Central PMC6008916.
  10. Liu, N, Vigod, SN, Farrugia, MM, Urquia, ML, Ray, JG. Venous thromboembolism after induced abortion: a population-based, propensity-score-matched cohort study in Canada. Lancet Haematol. 2018;5 (7):e279-e288. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3026(18)30069-3. PubMed PMID:29891177 .
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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