Kristi B. Adamo
Kristi B. Adamo
Full Professor

2006-2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute 2006 PhD. Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Physiology), University of Ottawa
1998 MSc. Human Biology & Nutritional Sciences (Physiology), University of Guelph
1996 BSc. (Human Kinetics), University of Guelph

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Dr. Kristi Adamo, who was 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 with influence over this period. Her “Prevention in the Early Years” research program, grounded in the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) approach, 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, which relies on both population health and molecular approaches, is devoted to the critical period of human growth and development, and targets the placenta, the vital organ of pregnancy. Dr. Adamo’s research takes on many forms and her multi-disciplinary team applies multiple research styles and methodologies. Her research program is supported by CIHR, NSERC, IDEaS - DND, SSHRC, as well as smaller funding agencies.

Professor Adamo is accepting new students for thesis supervision.

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Research interests

  • Exercise, the intrauterine environment, and placenta biology
  • Contributors to gestational weight gain management
  • Public health and the development of clinical guidelines and tools
  • Reproductive health in female members of the Canadian Armed Forces

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

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)


Complete publications: PubMed

  • Souza SCS, da Silva DF, Piccinini-Vallis H, Nagpal TS, Paludo AC, Mattes VV, Salas XR, Adamo KB. Thinking ahead: Brazilian healthcare providers also need culturally relevant tools to communicate gestational weight gain recommendations. Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Feb 9;115(2):588-589. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqab376. PMID: 35139167
  • Nagpal TS, Liu RH, Myre M, Gaudet L, Cook J, da Silva DF, Adamo KB. Weight stigma and prenatal physical activity: Exploring the perspectives of pregnant women living with obesity. Midwifery. 2022 Jan;104:103186. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2021.103186. Epub 2021 Oct 28. PMID: 34788725
  • Nagpal TS, Souza SCS, Moffat M, Hayes L, Nuyts T, Liu RH, Bogaerts A, Dervis S, Piccinini-Vallis H, Adamo KB, Heslehurst N. Does prepregnancy weight change have an effect on subsequent pregnancy health outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2022 Jan;23(1):e13324. doi: 10.1111/obr.13324. Epub 2021 Oct 25. PMID: 34694053
  • Mohammad S, Bhattacharjee J, Vasanthan T, Harris CS, Bainbridge SA, Adamo KB. Metabolomics in understanding placental biology: Where are we now? Tissue Cell. 2021 Dec;73:101663. doi: 10.1016/j.tice.2021.101663. Epub 2021 Oct 6. PMID: 34653888
  • Goudreau AD, Everest C, Nagpal TS, Puranda JL, Bhattacharjee J, Vasanthan T, Adamo KB. Elucidating the interaction between maternal physical activity and circulating myokines throughout gestation: A scoping review. Am J Reprod Immunol. 2021 Nov;86(5):e13488. doi: 10.1111/aji.13488. Epub 2021 Aug 19. PMID: 34331363
  • Mohammad S, Hutchinson KA, da Silva DF, McInnis K, Bhattacharjee J, Burger D, Adamo KB. Circulating small extracellular vesicles increase after an acute bout of moderate-intensity exercise in pregnant women. Scientific Reports 2021 Jun 16;11(1):12615. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-92180-5. PMID: 34135428
  • Bhattacharjee J, Mohammad S, Adamo KB. Does exercise during pregnancy impact organs or structures of maternal-fetal interface? Tissue Cell. 2021 Oct;72:101543. doi: 10.1016/j.tice.2021.101543. Epub 2021 Apr 16. PMID: 33940567
  • Kusuyama J, Alves-Wagner AB, Conlin RH, Makarewicz NS, Albertson BG, Prince NB, Kobayashi S, Kozuka C, Møller M, Bjerre M, Fuglsang J, Miele E, Middelbeek RJW, Xiudong Y, Xia Y, Garneau L, Bhattacharjee J, Aguer C, Patti ME, Hirshman MF, Jessen N, Hatta T, Ovesen PG, Adamo KB, Nozik-Grayck E, Goodyear LJ. Placental superoxide dismutase 3 mediates benefits of maternal exercise on offspring health. Cell Metab. 2021 May 4;33(5):939-956.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2021.03.004. Epub 2021 Mar 25. PMID: 33770509.
  • Nagpal TS, Ramos Salas X, Vallis M, Piccinini-Vallis H, Adamo KB, Alberga AS, Bell RC, da Silva DF, Davenport MH, Gaudet L, Incollingo Rodriguez AC, Liu RH, Myre M, Nerenberg K, Nutter S, Russell-Mayhew S, Souza SCS, Vilhan C. Coming Soon: An Internalized Weight Bias Assessment Scale for Use During Pregnancy. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2021May;29(5):788-789. doi: 10.1002/oby.23169. Epub 2021 Apr 1. PMID: 33797202.
  • Shearer J, Klein MS, Vogel HJ, Mohammad S, Bainbridge S, Adamo KB. Maternal and Cord Blood Metabolite Associations with Gestational Weight Gain and Pregnancy Health Outcomes. J Proteome Res. 2021 Mar 5;20(3):1630-1638. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.0c00854. Epub 2021 Feb 2. PMID: 33529033
  • Da Silva DF, Colley R, Souza S, Mohammad S, Nagpal TS, Adamo KB. How Many Valid Days Are Necessary to Assess Physical Activity Data From Accelerometry During Pregnancy? J Phys Act Health. 2021 Feb 16:1-8. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2020-0636.  PMID: 33592577
  • Bhattacharjee J, Mohammad S, Goudreau A, Adamo KB. Physical activity differentially regulates VEGF, PlGF, and their receptors in the human placenta. Physiol Rep. 2021 Jan;9(2):e14710. doi: 10.14814/phy2.14710. PMID: 33463910
  • Barbeau P, Michaud A, Hamel C, Rice D, Skidmore B, Hutton B, Garritty C, da Silva DF, Semeniuk K, Adamo KB. Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Females

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 ONJan 22, 2014.