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Alan D. Bocking

Contact Information:
Mailling Address: 92 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1L4
Phone Number: 416-978-2668
Fax Number: 416-978-8350
Email Address:

Degrees & Professional Designations: MD., FRCSC

Academic Position: Professor

Primary Appointment:
Chief, of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mount Sinai Hospital,
Gordon C. Leitch Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto

Cross Appointments: Physiology, Institute of Medical Sciences

Hospital Affiliation/Practice Location: Mount Sinai Hospital

Key Interests: 
Preterm Labour
Fetal Physiology
Fetal Alcohol Effects

Current Research Grants and Projects:
1. Novel Approaches to Infection-Mediated Preterm Labour
CIHR - Operating, P.I. Dr. A. Bocking (2003-2006)

2. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Oxidative Stress and Innovative Therapies
CIHR New Emerging Team Program, P.I. Dr. J. Brien (2002-2007)

3. The Diagnosis of True Pre-term Labour
March of Dimes, P.I. Dr. S. Lye (2004-2006)

Dr. Alan Bocking is the Gordon C. Leitch Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. He is also the Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Bocking is an internationally recognized expert in fields of fetal physiology as well as preterm labour. He has published over 60 articles in the peer review literature related to his research findings. He is a member of the CIHR Group Development and Fetal Health. Current research interests include the role of an abnormal vaginal flora in predisposing women to preterm labour as well as developing new diagnostic tests for true preterm labour. Dr. Bocking also collaborates with Investigators in the Department of Physiology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia studying the role of oxidative stress in mediating fetal brain injury with maternal alcohol exposure.

Recent/Key Publications:
Reid G., and Bocking A.D. (2003) The potential for probiotics to prevent bacterial vaginosis and preterm labour. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 189:1202-1208

Campbell M.K., Challis J.R.G., DaSilva O, Bocking A.D. (2005) A cohort study found that white blood cell count and endocrine markers predicted preterm birth in symptomatic women. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 58 (3): 304-310

Nardo L., Zhao L., Green L., Possmayer F., Richardson B.S. and Bocking A.D. (2005) The effect of repeated umbilical cord occlusions on surfactant protein mRNA levels in the immature and mature ovine fetus. Journal of the Society for Gynaecologic Investigation 12:510-7