Maternal metabolic and microbial influences on fetal development Event as iCalendar

04 July 2018

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Liggins Institute – Room 503-020

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

Cost: Free

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Dr Sloboda
Professor Deborah Sloboda

Dr Sloboda is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, Canada. Dr Sloboda's laboratory investigates early life impacts on maternal, fetal and placental development and how this mediates the risk of non-communicable disease later in life. Her experimental studies investigate maternal nutrient manipulation on maternal pregnancy adaptations, including the microbiome, placental inflammation and offspring reproductive and metabolic function.

In community based health studies, Dr Sloboda engages with expectant mothers and services that support pregnant women. Her Mothers to Babies Study aims to develop a community-based formative knowledge transfer and work program of intervention, to improve diet, and body composition of women before and after conception. 

Dr Sloboda was awarded the International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Nick Hales Award for outstanding research contribution to the field of developmental programming, and in 2017 won the Hamilton YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Science Trade, and Technology. She has published more than 90 scientific papers in leading scientific journals and contributed to 13 books on the concept of early life origins of health and disease.