Academic Unit: Human Development and Health Academic Units

Through our internationally recognised Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Centre we incorporate the work of the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, the NIHR Nutrition Biomedical Research Centre  and the University's  Institute of Developmental Sciences.

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Group Overview

These combined centres of excellence are developing successful interventions for mothers and babies in the UK and around the world. Examples include our multicentre trials of Vitamin D supplementation for pregnant women in the UK and of micronutrient supplementation to women before they become pregnant in Mumbai, India. Our research on the development of epigenetic biomarkers will lead to early warning of at risk groups  and our innovative LifeLab educational and Southampton Initiative for Health programmes aim to promote healthy lifestyles and health literacy in school students and young mothers.

Our acclaimed researchers are working with the World Health Organisation, the United Nations and other international government and non-government organisations to reduce the burden of non-communicable disease in both developed and developing countries.  We have extensive links with industry and the private sector in joint initiatives to promote a healthy start to life globally.

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