Click here to view the DOHaD Newsletter for Monday, 9th November.

Click here to view the DOHaD Newsletter for Tuesday,10th November.

Please follow the link http://journals.cambridge.org/WorldCongress_DOHaD2015  to view the Cambridge Online Journal, featuring the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 

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. 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.

The 9th World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, 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.

The 9th World Congress will be a momentous occasion for bringing to the forefront new solutions to persisting infant and child malnutrition, and the burgeoning epidemic of obesity and non-communicable diseases.   

An exciting satellite programme includes workshops on:

  • Pre-term infant
  • Longitudinal data analysis methods for cohort studies:  What are the best approaches for testing DOHaD  hypotheses?
  • Theories and styles of behaviour change:What can they do to further the DOHaD intervention agenda?
  • Early Child Development and Health and Human Capital
  • DOHaD, Environment and Sexual Dimorphism

Congress programme topics will cover:

  • DOHaD and the new Sustainable Development Goals
  • Placenta as a programming force
  • Maternal-foetal crosstalk
  • Gestational diabetes
  • The importance of “The First 1000 Days”
  • Infant feeding, growth and cognitive development
  • Brain power in understanding programming
  • The nutrition triplets: under, over, and food security
  • Childhood obesity
  • DOHaD and adolescence & ageing
  • Can we modify programmed outcomes – translation, interventions and policy
  • DOHaD and clinical practice.

The Chair of the 9th World Congress is Professor Shane Norris, who is the Director of the SAMRC Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.



The DOHaD conference will be accredited for CPD



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