9th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Published on 30/10/2015

A poor start to life is associated with an increased risk for a number of disorders, especially non-communicable diseases in later life. These disorders include cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic disturbances, osteoporosis, chronic obstructive lung disease, some forms of cancer, and mental illnesses.

The DOHaD concept describes how during early life (conception, pregnancy, infancy and childhood) the interplay between maternal and environmental factors program (induce physiological changes) fetal and child growth and development that have long-term consequences on later health and disease risk. 

The 9th World Congress, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from 8th to 11th November 2015, will bring together scientists, clinical researchers, obstetricians, paediatricians, public health professionals and policy leaders from around the world. These experts will address, head-on, the many challenges that currently impact the health of mothers, babies in the womb, infants, children and adolescents, as well as explore solutions, interventions and policies to optimise health across the life of people. The 9th World Congress, the first to be held in Africa, presents an incredible opportunity to feature the vastly relevant DOHaD research to African researchers, clinicians and policy leaders. This important event is expected to attract more than 1,200 participants and will showcase over 350 speakers.

For more information please see the event website.

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