Dane De Silva is a third-year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student hailing from Vancouver, Canada. It was there that he completed his Master of Public Health in Maternal-Child Health and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UMD, he was a data analyst and national co-ordinator of a perinatal database in Canada geared toward quality improvement of managing pregnancies at high risk of very preterm birth and was involved in an implementation project to implement guidelines into practice. Dane's research interests are primarily in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, and include patient education, birth planning, pregnancy complications, poor birth outcomes, and health disparities. On a personal level, Dane is addicted to maple syrup, and enjoys cooking up a storm for his loved ones, attending orchestral performances, traveling, and practicing power yoga.