Publication: Genome-wide associations for birth weight and correlations with adult disease
This paper 'Genome-wide associations for birth weight and correlations with adult disease' was published online in September 2016 in Nature. The study was jointly led by a team of researchers from six institutions including DynaHEALTH Partner Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam and more than 160 international researchers who are members of the Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium. The paper includes some authors who are members of the DynaHEALTH consortium: Janine Felix, Sylvain Sebert, Inga Propenko, Thorkild Sørensen, Johan Eriksson, Vincent Jaddoe and Marjo-Riitta Järvelin.
The research finds genetic differences that help to explain why some babies are born bigger or smaller than others. It also reveals how genetic differences provide an important link between an individual's early growth and their chances of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease later in life.