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Dr. Zhong-Cheng Luo



Lunenfeld- Tanenbaum
Research Institute
Mount Sinai Hospital
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Dr. Zhong-Cheng Luo

Dr. Zhong-Cheng Luo is a research scientist in perinatal and pediatric epidemiology, an area of direct research on pregnant women and their infants to understand the causes and consequences of adverse pregnancy/birth outcomes and infant health.

He has been conducting birth cohort studies on gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and adverse fetal growth (poor or excessive) to understand their causes and the impacts on postnatal metabolic health in infants, the risk biomarkers and potentially effective prevention measures. He has been working with Indigenous community partners in studies on the causes of high rates of adverse birth outcomes, poor maternal and infant health, and how to improve Indigenous maternal and infant health.

Dr Luo’s transdisciplinary birth cohort studies on perinatal determinants of infant metabolic health have contributed to a better understanding on the impact of glucose tolerance during pregnancy on insulin sensitivity in infants, and the roles of leptin, adiponectin, polyunsaturated fatty acids and oxidative stress.

Dr Luo’s studies on Indigenous perinatal and infant health have contributed to a better knowledge on the disparities in birth outcomes, infant mortality and morbidities in First Nations and Inuit vs. non-Indigenous populations in Canada.

Dr Luo has developed international collaborations with the Shanghai Birth Cohort, and the Sino-Canadian Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative – A Multifaceted Community-Family-Mother-Child Intervention Study for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity in Shanghai, China.




At a Glance

  • Dr Luo employs a birth cohort approach to study perinatal determinants and biomarkers of infant growth and metabolic health.
  • Dr Luo works with Indigenous partners in studies towards better knowledge for improving Indigenous maternal and infant health.


Major Research Activities

Dr Luo’s research is focused on perinatal risk factors affecting infant growth and metabolic health, and Indigenous perinatal and infant health. He is a co-Principal Investigator in a large Canadian birth cohort – the 3D (design, develop, discover) cohort developed by the Integrated Research Network in Perinatology of Quebec and Eastern Ontario.

He leads the fetal growth study in the 3D cohort aiming to identify perinatal determinants of infant neuro-developmental and metabolic health. He leads a study on risk biomarkers of gestational diabetes and the impact on the offspring linked to the Shanghai birth cohort.


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