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Southampton University scientists attend ninth DOHaD World Congress in Cape Town

Published: 12 November 2015
Optimising health across the lifecourse of each individual

The concept of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), describes how, during conception, pregnancy, infancy and childhood, the interplay between maternal and environmental factors programmes fetal and child growth and development, by inducing physiological changes, that have long-term consequences on later health and disease risk. Its main premise is that timely interventions may reduce such risk in individuals and also limit its transmission to the next generation. DOHaD research has substantial implications for many transitioning African societies and for global health policy.

Between 8-11 November 2015, Southampton University scientists, including Professor Caroline Fall, Professor Cyrus Cooper, Dr David Phillips, and Dr Sophie Moore, attended the 9th DOHaD World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, and interacted with scientists, clinical researchers, obstetricians, paediatricians, public health professionals and policy leaders from around the world. Presentations and discussions at this conference addressed the challenges for maternal, fetal, infant and child health and started to explore solutions, interventions and policies to optimise health across the lifecourse. This Congress was the first to be held in Africa, and was very much public health orientated. The Conference programme gives full details, including information about the satellite sessions.

Some of our world leading research focuses on intergenerational aspects for health and wellbeing
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