Welcoming the New PRIME Centre Lead

A Welcome to Dr. Yasser Sabr and Gratitude to the Previous PRIME Leads

Effective December 2023, Dr. Yasser Sabr has been welcomed as the new PRIME Lead. Dr. Sabr completed his Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) fellowship at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre (BCWH) in 2012. He then returned to Saudi Arabia to build the MFM program at The King Saud University Medical City Hospital, which now includes seven MFM specialists and was instrumental in the launch of Saudi Arabia’s first MFM fellowship program. Dr. Sabr holds a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a Master of Medical Education from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Sabr is recognized as a skilled researcher with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests include perinatal epidemiology, medical education, simulation in medical education, fetal anomaly diagnosis/therapy and Artificial Intelligence applications in medicine.

"I am tremendously excited about the PRIME Centre and view it as a truly unique facility for perinatal imaging research and simulation. I firmly believe in its capacity to drive ground-breaking achievements in perinatal research."

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Sabr aboard and excited for the transformative impact he will undoubtedly bring.

We are very thankful to Dr. Chantal Mayer for stepping in as Interim PRIME Lead from April 2022 to December 2023 and acknowledge her invaluable contributions and sturdy leadership. Some highlights during Dr. Mayer’s time as PRIME Lead include the launch of the largest research study to operate in PRIME to date, the Stillbirth Risk Identification Using Multiparametric Ultrasound (STIMULUS) study, and the launch of the PRIME Centre Research Award which funded two pilot research projects. 

The Skidmore Goodman Perinatal Research IMaging and Evaluation (PRIME) Centre is a unique ultrasound and imaging research and training facility located within BCWH. The PRIME Centre is a hub for researchers to collaborate and to advance health care using cutting-edge technology. In 2015, a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant, led by Dr. Denise Pugash, catalyzed the creation of the centre’s infrastructure. Thanks to additional funding from the BC Women’s Health Foundation, the centre was able to open in July 2021. Dr. Pugash’s dedication and vision for the PRIME Centre will continue to benefit researchers and learners for years to come, and ultimately improve outcomes for pregnant people and their families.