Dr Marcelo Urquia

Assistant Professor
Institution: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) / University of Manitoba
Current Insitution Location: Canada

Phone Number: 1-204-789-3459
Website: Go to website

408-727 McDermott Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
I am an epidemiologist and active researcher in the field of migration and health and have published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, including multi-country studies, immigration policy and studies delving into the social determinants of immigrants’ health. My primary research approach to immigrant health is based on the use of administrative data linkages to identify determinants of immigrant health, wellbeing, and integration. My current research explores gender equity, women’s health, maternal and child health and development among immigrants to Canada. I am currently supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in the area.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
International/Cross-Border Migration
Asylum seekers (Children, Adults)
International migrant workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Refugees (Children, Adults)
Resident visa holders (Children, Adolescents, Adults)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Health policy
Health systems research
Labour migration and health
Maternal and child health
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Preventive medicine
Public Health
Refugee health
Sexual and reproductive health
Violence and health

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Optimizing Canada's Healthcare for REfugees (OCHRE) 2018 Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada Co-Investigator
Son-biased sex ratios in the Indian community – a dialogue and pilot education intervention to make progress on gender equity 2017 Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada Co-Investigator
Addressing gender-based health inequities among immigrants to Canada 2017 Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada Co-Investigator
Gender disparities in infant and early child health associated with maternal country of birth 2015 Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada Co-Investigator
Maternal and Perinatal Health of Refugees in Canada 2014 Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada Principal Investigator
Gender disparities in perinatal and child health and maternal well-being associated with maternal country of birth 2013 Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada Principal Investigator
Tailoring birthweight and infant growth curves to Canadians of various ethnic backgrounds 2013 Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada Co-Investigator
Maternal and infant health associated with maternal country of birth 2013 Central and North America and the CaribbeanCanada Principal Investigator
Severe maternal and neonatal morbidity in association with maternal country of birth 2012 Principal Investigator

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Sex ratios at birth after induced abortion Urquia ML, Moineddin R, Jha P, O’Campo PJ, McKenzie K, Glazier RH, Henry DA, & Ray JG 2016
Disparities in preeclampsia and eclampsia among immigrant women giving birth in six industrialised countries Urquia ML, Glazier RH, Gagnon A, Mortensen L, Nybo-Andersen AM, Janevic T, Guendelman S, Thornton D, Bolumar F, Rio I, Small R, & Hjern A 2014
Glossary: migration and health Urquia ML, & Gagnon AJ 2011
Suicide and self-harm trends in recent immigrant youth in Ontario, 1996 to 2012: a population-based longitudinal cohort study Saunders N, Lebenbaum M, Hong L, Stukel T, Urquia M, Kurdyak P, & Guttmann A 2017
Socioeconomic gradients in all-cause, premature and avoidable mortality among immigrants and long-term residents using linked deaths records in Ontario, Canada Khan A , Urquia M , Kornas K, Henry D, Cheng S, Bornbaum C, & Rosella L 2017
Severe Maternal Morbidity Associated With Maternal Birthplace: A Population-Based Register Study Urquia ML, Wanigaratne S, Ray JG, & Joseph KS 2017
Sex ratios at birth among Indian immigrant subgroups according to time spent in Canada Brar, A, Wanigaratne S, Pulver A, Ray JG, & Urquia ML 2017
Preterm preeclampsia in relation to country of birth Ray JG, Wanigaratne S, Park AL, Bartsch E, & Urquia ML 2016
Variations in gestational length and preterm delivery by race, ethnicity and migration Sørbye I, Wanigaratne S, & Urquia ML 2016
Severe Neonatal Morbidity Among Births to Refugee Women Wanigaratne S, Cole D, Bassil K, Hyman I, Moineddin, Shakya Y, & Urquia ML 2016
A scoping review of female disadvantage in health care use among very young children of immigrant families Pulver A, Ramraj C, Ray JG, O'Campo P, & Urquia ML 2016
The influence of refugee status and secondary migration on preterm birth Wanigaratne S, Cole D, Bassil K, Hyman I, Moineddin R, & Urquia ML 2016
Variations in male-female infant ratios among births to Canadian- and Indian-born mothers, 1990-2011: a population-based register study Urquia ML, Ray JG, Wanigaratne S, Moineddin R, & O’Campo PJ 2016
Birth Outcomes of Latin Americans in Two Countries with Contrasting Immigration Admission Policies: Canada and Spain Urquia ML, Vang ZM, & Bolumar F 2015
Contribution of HIV to maternal morbidity among refugee women in Canada Wanigaratne S, Cole D, Bassil K, Hyman I, Moineddin R, & Urquia ML 2015
Birthweight charts and immigrant populations. A critical review Urquia ML, Sørbye I, & Wanigaratne S 2015
Maternal and paternal birthplace and risk of stillbirth Bartsch E, Park AL, Pulver AJ, Urquia ML, & Ray JG 2015
Birth Outcomes of Foreign‐Born, Native‐Born, and Mixed Couples in Sweden Urquia ML, Qiao Y, Ray JG, Liu C, & Hjern A 2015
Risk of Preterm Birth According to Maternal and Paternal Country of Birth: A Population-Based Study Park AL, Urquia ML, & Ray JG 2015
Severe maternal morbidity associated with maternal birthplace in three high-immigration settings Urquia ML, Glazier RH, Mortensen L, Nybo-Andersen AM, Small R, Davey MA, Roost M, & Essen B 2015
Risk of adverse outcomes among infants of immigrant women according to birth-weight curves tailored to maternal world region of origin Urquia ML, Berger H, Ray JG 2015
Risk of cerebral palsy among the offspring of immigrants Ray JG, Redelmeier DA, Urquia ML, Guttmann A, McDonald SD, & Vermeulen MJ 2014
Smoking during pregnancy among immigrants to Sweden, 1992-2008: the effects of secular trends and time since migration Urquia ML, Janevic T, & Hjern A 2014
Risk of overdose and death following codeine prescription among immigrants Ray JG, Hollands S, Gomes T, Urquia ML, Macdonald EM, Li P, Mamdani MM, & Juurlink DN 2014
Evaluating the accuracy of a geographic closed-ended approach to ethnicity measurement, a practical alternative Omand JA, Carsley S, Darling PB, Parkin PC, Birken CS, Urquia ML, Khovratovich M, & Maguire JL 2014
Migration and preterm birth in war refugees: a Swedish cohort study Liu C, Urquia M, Cnattingius S, & Hjern A 2014
Influence of paternal and maternal ethnicity and ethnic enclaves on newborn weight Zipursky AR, Park AL, Urquia ML, Creatore MI, & Ray JG 2014
Differences in Birthweight Curves Between Newborns of Immigrant Mothers vs. Infants Born in Their Corresponding Native Countries: Systematic Overview Boshari T , Urquia ML , Sgro M , De Souza LR , Ray JG 2013
Serious preeclampsia among different immigrant groups Urquia ML, Ying I, Glazier RH, Berger H, De Souza LR, & Ray JG 2012
Neighbourhood context and abuse among immigrant and non-immigrant women in Canada: findings from the Maternity Experiences Survey Daoud N, O'Campo P, Urquia ML, & Heaman M 2012
Revisiting the immigrant paradox in reproductive health: the roles of duration of residence and ethnicity Urquia ML, O'Campo PJ, & Heaman MI 2012
Gestational diabetes among immigrant women Urquia M, Glazier RH, Berger H, Ying I, De Souza L, & Ray JG 2011
Does time since immigration modify neighborhood deprivation gradients in preterm birth? A multilevel analysis Urquia ML, Frank JW, Moineddin R, & Glazier RH 2011
Immigrants' duration of residence and adverse birth outcomes: a population-based study Urquia ML, Frank JW, Moineddin R, & Glazier RH 2010
From places to flows. International secondary migration and birth outcomes Urquia ML, Frank JW, & Glazier RH 2010
International migration and adverse birth outcomes: role of ethnicity, region of origin and destination Urquia ML, Glazier RH, Blondel B, Zeitlin J, Gissler M, Macfarlane A, Ng E, Heaman M, Stray-Pedersen B, & Gagnon AJ 2010
Neighborhood context and infant birthweight among recent immigrant mothers: a multilevel analysis Urquia ML, Frank JW, Glazier RH, Moineddin R, Matheson FI, & Gagnon AJ 2009
Migration to western industrialised countries and perinatal health: a systematic review Gagnon AJ, Zimbeck M, Zeitlin J, Alexander S, Blondel B, Buitendijk S, Desmeules M, Di Lallo D, Gagnon A, Gissler M, Glazier R, Heaman M, Korfker D, Macfarlane A, Ng E, Roth C, Small R, Stewart D, Stray-Pederson B, Urquia M, Vangen S, Zeitlin J,&Zimbeck M 2009
Somali women and their pregnancy outcomes postmigration: data from six receiving countries Small R, Gagnon A, Gissler M, Zeitlin J, Bennis M, Glazier R, Haelterman E, Martens G, McDermott S, Urquia M, & Vangen S 2008
Birth outcomes by neighbourhood income and recent immigration in Toronto Urquia ML, Frank JW, Glazier RH, & Moineddin R 2007