Kristi Adamo


Kristi Adamo
Associate Professor

Postdoctoral fellow: Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
PhD. Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Physiology), University of Ottawa
MSc. Human Biology & Nutritional Sciences (Physiology) University of Guelph
BSc. (Human Kinetics) University of Guelph

Room: Lees E250F
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 1009
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Dr. Kristi Adamo, recently profiled as one of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s (CSEP) most notable women, leads a diverse interdisciplinary research program focusing on the ‘early years’ continuum. This period represents an opportune time for encouraging and promoting the adoption of healthy behaviour patterns and appropriate knowledge translation to care providers, educators, parents, and policymakers allied to this period.  Her Prevention in the Early Years research program, grounded in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), is unique in its examination of healthy active maternal behaviours such as physical activity and intrauterine exposures as they relate to the promotion of optimum health.  This distinctive research program, utilizing both population health and molecular approaches, is devoted to the critical period of human growth and development, targeting the vital organ of pregnancy, the placenta.

Key contributions over the last several years fit into 3 categories:

1) exercise, the intrauterine environment & placenta biology

2) contributors to gestational weight gain management

3) guideline development and public Health

Notable awards

  • 2012-2017 CIHR; Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health New Investigator award
  • 2015 CSEP Young Investigator Award (1st female recipient)
  • 2015 Obesity Canada’s Faculty Supervisor Award
  • 2009-2014 Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award
  • 2013-2014 W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award in Obesity and Reproductive Health
  • 2011 Canadian Paediatric Society; Dr. Noni MacDonald Award

Research interests:

  • healthy active living intervention strategies during key phases of growth
  • maternal-fetal health (DOHaD)
  • placenta biology
  • primordial prevention of childhood obesity
  • gestational weight gain and chronic disease management

Ongoing Research

Dr. Adamo’s research program is aimed at the early prevention of obesity and promotion of long-term health, and includes projects related to physical activity (PA) adoption in the early years and lifestyle intervention in pregnancy. In collaboration with U.S.-based colleagues, her team is also customizing a pregnancy-focused mHealth app called SmartMoms-Canada. Continuation of this work will include an evaluation of the effectiveness of this app-based program to reduce excessive gestational weight gain and optimize maternal health and offspring growth. In parallel, her team is embarking on an exciting project examining potential physical activity-induced changes in placenta biology. The PLACENTA study is the first of its kind to take a comprehensive look at the role of PA during pregnancy in regulating gene expression and metabolic function in the placenta. This novel project will use a multi-tiered approach, including global gene expression using transcriptional and ribosomal profiling, transport kinetics using the ex vivo placenta perfusion model, and systemic maternal and fetal mass spectrometry-based metabolomics.

Dr. Adamo currently holds research funds from all three agencies of the tri-council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Department of National Defence for her work related to women’s health and DOHaD.

For more information on projects or recent publications please check out the Adamo lab website or follow us on Instagram or twitter @adamolab.


  • Affiliate investigator, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, CHEO Research Institute
  • Member of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP academic & certified exercise physiologist)
  • Member of the Canadian Obesity Network (CON)
  • Member of the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
  • Member of The Obesity Society (TOS)

Selected Publications

  • O’Connor D, Blake J, Bell R, Bowen A, Callum J, Fenton S, Gray-Donald K, Rossiter M, Adamo K, Brett K, Khatri N, Robinson N, Tumback L. Canadian Consensus on Female Nutrition: Adolescence, Reproduction, Menopause and Beyond. (Clinical Practice Guideline) J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2016 Jun;38(6):508-554.e18. PMID:27368135 (official journal of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada)
  • Goldfield GS, Harvey ALJ,  Grattan KP, Temple V , Naylor P-J,  Alberga AS, Ferraro, ZM, Wilson S,  Cameron JD, Barrowman N,  Adamo KB. Effects of Child Care Interventions on Physical Activity and Body Composition.   Am J Prev Med. 2016 May 11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:27180030 IF: 4.527
  • Adamo KB, Wilson S, Harvey ALJ, Grattan KP, Naylor PJ, Temple VA, Goldfield GS. Does intervening in childcare settings impact fundamental movement skill development? Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2016 May;48(5):926-32. PMID:26656776 IF: 4.431 (official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine)
  • Brett KE, Ferraro ZM, Holcik M, Adamo KB. Placenta nutrient transport-related gene expression: the impact of maternal obesity and excessive gestational weight gain Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. 2016; 29(9):1399-405. PMID: 26067267 IF: 2.1
  • Manyanga T, da Silva DF, Ferraro ZM, Harvey ALJ, Wilson S, Ockenden HM, Adamo KB. The effects of culture on guideline discordant gestational weight gain: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews. 2015 Nov 3;4(1):145. PMID: 26527534
  • Adamo KB, Colley RC, Hadjiyannakis S, Goldfield GS. Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Obese Youth. J Pediatr. 2015;166(5):1270-1275. PMID:25684088 IF: 3.736
  • Brett KE, Ferraro ZM, Holcik M, Adamo KB. Prenatal physical activity and diet composition affects the expression of nutrient transporters and mTOR signalling molecules in the human placenta. Placenta. 2015;36(2):204-12. PMID: 25510392 IF: 3.531
  • Brett KE, Ferraro ZM, Yockell-Lelievre J, Gruslin A, Adamo KB. Maternal-Fetal Nutrient Transport in Pregnancy Pathologies: The role of the Placenta.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences (special issue; Advances in Reproductive Biology). 2014 Sep 12;15(9):16153-16185. PMID: 25222554 IF: 2.34
  • Adamo KB, Barrowman N, Naylor PJ, Yaya S, Harvey A, Grattan KP, Goldfield GS. Activity Begins in Childhood (ABC)- inspiring healthy active behaviour in preschoolers: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2014 Jul 29;15(1):305. PMID:25073797 IF: 2.12
  • Adamo KB, Shen GX, Mottola M, Nascimento S, Jean-Philippe S, Ferraro ZM, Nerenberg K, Smith G, Chari R, Gaudet L, Piccinini-Vallis H,  McDonald S, Atkinson S, Godbout A, Robitaille J, Davidge ST, Gruslin A, Prud’homme D, Stacey D, Rossiter M, Goldfield GS, Dodd J.  Obesity Prevention from Conception: a workshop to guide the development of a pan Canadian trial targeting the gestational period. Nutrition and Metabolic Insights. 2014 7;7–18. PMCID: PMC3999948
  • Adamo KB, Goldfield GS, Colapinto C, Harvey A, Grattan K, Barrowman N. Evaluating a Fruit and Vegetable program consumption in Eastern Ontario schools. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice & Research. 74:167-174, 2013. PMID: 24472164 IF: 0.98 (official journal of the Dietitians of Canada)
  • Nascimento S, Pudwell J, Surita F, Adamo KB, Smith G. The effect of physical exercise strategies on weight loss in postpartum women: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  International Journal of Obesity (Lond) May;38(5):626-35, 2014   PMID: 24048142 IF: 5.221
  • Colley RC, Garriguet D, Adamo KB, Carson V, Janssen I, Timmons BW, Tremblay M. Physical activity and sedentary behavior during the early years in Canada: A cross-sectional study International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity May 4;10(1):54, 2013.  PMID: 23642258 IF: 3.58
  • Adamo KB, Ferraro Z, Keely E, Stacey D, Goldfield G, Hadjiyannakis S, Walker M, Barrowman N. The maternal obesity management (MOM) trial protocol: a lifestyle intervention during pregnancy to minimize downstream obesity. Contemporary Clinical Trials 35: 87-96, 2013 PMID: 23459089 IF: 1.7
  • Alberga A, Medd ER, Adamo KB, Goldfield GS, Prud’homme D, Kenny G, Sigal RJ. Top 10 practical lessons learned from physical activity interventions with overweight and obese children and adolescents. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism Mar;38(3):249-58, 2013. PMID: 23537015 IF: 2.4 (official journal of Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and the Canadian Nutrition Society)
  • Adamo KB, Ferraro ZM, Brett KE. Pregnancy is a critical period for prevention of obesity and cardiometabolic risk. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 36: 133-141, 2012 IF: 2.509 Invited review (official journal of the Canadian Diabetes Association)
  • Ferraro ZM, Qiu Q, Gruslin A, Adamo KB. Characterization of the insulin-like growth factor axis in term pregnancies complicated by maternal obesity. Human Reproduction 27(8):2467-75,2012.  PMID: 22674202 IF: 4.6
  • Adamo KB, Langlois KA, Brett KE, Colley RC.  Young Children and Parental Physical Activity Levels:  Findings from the Canadian Health Measures Survey. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 43(2): 168-175, 2012   PMID:22813681 IF:  4.987
  • Adamo KB, Ferraro ZM, Brett KE. Can we modify the intrauterine environment to halt the intergenerational cycle of obesity? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 9: 1263-1307, 2012  PMID: 22690193 IF: 2.197
  • Ferraro Z, Barrowman N, Prud’homme D, Walker M, Wen S, Rodger M, Adamo KB. Excessive gestational weight gain predicts large for gestational age neonates independent of maternal body mass index. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 25(5) 538-542, 2012; PMID: 22081936 IF: 2.1
  • Ferraro Z, Gaudet L, Adamo KB. The potential impact of physical activity during pregnancy on maternal & neonatal outcomes. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey, Feb;67(2):99-110, 2012. PMID:22325300 IF: 2.514
  • Conferences and Presentations
  • Adamo KB. Pregnancy, the placenta and exercise: roles in obesity. The Saltin International Graduate Course in Clinical Exercise & Physiology, Toronto ON, October 2015
  • Adamo KB. Assessment of physical activity levels in the free-living pediatric population: What are the choices and why use direct measures? 8th International Neonatal & Childhood Pulmonary Vascular Disease Conference. San Francisco, CA Mar 28, 2015
  • Adamo KB. The link between pregnancy and downstream maternal & child obesity. SENATE STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON social affairs, science and technology. Expert Witness, Ottawa, Feb 4, 2015
  • Adamo KB. The importance of early childhood behaviours for growth and development. 4thCanadian Obesity Summit: Workshop Intergenerational determinants of obesity: from programming to parenting, Toronto ON, April 29, 2015
  • Adamo KB. Are the early years the key to long term health? Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Annual Meeting, Hamilton ON Oct 14th, 2015
  • Adamo KB, Wilson S, Brett KE, Ferraro ZM, Nerenberg K, Goldfield G, Keely E, Hadjiyannakis S, Walker M. The Maternal Obesity Management (MOM) Pilot RCT: A Prenatal Lifestyle Intervention. The Obesity Society meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, Nov 2014
  • Adamo KB. The link between maternal health behaviours and downstream child health.Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 colloquium. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, Sept 19 2014.
  • Adamo KB. The intergenerational Cycle of Obesity - Why we Should be Concerned.  Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies: New Research and Best Practice (UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education), Vancouver BC. Feb 2014 (invited plenary speaker)
  • Adamo KB. The 5A’s of Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain. University of Saskatchewan Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds, Saskatoon SK, Nov 6, 2015.
  • Adamo KB. Maternal Predictors and Potential Modifiers of Fetal Growth During Pregnancy. Invited presentation: Ontario Public Health- Healthy Weights for Children Forum. Toronto ON, Jan 22, 2014.
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