Life course approaches to health and wellbeing: Why developmental origins of health and disease matter Event as iCalendar

28 August 2018

3:30 - 4:30pm

Venue: Room 503-126

Location: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Grafton campus


The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) paradigm supports understanding of associations between early life environmental exposures and later-life health and wellbeing. This field of research is rapidly extending to public health interventions. Such interventions are dependent on a health workforce, including nurses, dieticians, midwives, doctors and teachers. This seminar will present an update on recent advances in DOHaD research and present on data from a collaboration between the School of Nursing, the Liggins Institute and Fuji Women’s’ University (Japan) that explored awareness of undergraduate nursing and nutrition students of the impact of early life nutritional exposures on later life health and wellbeing.

About the speakers:

Professor Mark Vickers'
primary research interest is around providing empirical evidence to support the DOHaD paradigm with a particular focus on the association between poor maternal nutrition and the development of obesity and cardio metabolic disease in offspring

Professor Vickers also investigates the potential for reversibility of developmental programming via both nutritional and pharmacologic interventions and was one of the first to show that developmental programming was potentially reversible with interventions in the early life period.

Dr Jacquie Bay leads the LENScience knowledge translation programmes and associated research at the Liggins Institute. These programmes facilitate health and educational collaborations that enable knowledge translation with adolescents and their families. The LENScience model has been successfully adapted for use in the UK, Tonga and the Cook Islands.