DOHaD 2015 Speakers

Our aim in piecing together the programme of speakers was to ensure diversity, cutting edge science and a balance between senior and emerging scientists. We are proud of the line up of international and African speakers for the congress.

Please note the currently list of speakers is incomplete and subject to change. As speakers and titles of their presentations are confirmed the website will be updated.

Welcome session (Chair: Shane Norris):

  • Mark Hanson (University of Southampton; UK) – Origins of DOHaD
  • Caroline Fall (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit; UK) – How is the 'memory' of early life events retained and how might it lead to disease?
  • Matthew Gilman (Harvard Medical School; USA) – Don’t blame your mother
  • John Newnham (University of Western Australia, Australia) – Pre-term birth prevention
  • Francisco Mardones (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile) – Nutrition during the first 1000 Days
  • Susan Bagby (Oregon Health and Science University, USA) - New Science of Kidney Development and Function
  • Peter Gluckman (University of Auckland, NZ) – DOHaD and Global Health Policy
  • Shane Norris (MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, South Africa) – DOHaD and its relevance to African researchers

Opening Session (Chair: Lisa Micklesfield)

  • Department of Health of South Africa
  • Ministry of Health of Malaysia
  • World Health Organisation – DOHaD and the Sustainable Development Goals –
  • Matthew Gillman (Harvard Medical School)  - DOHaD: From evidence to policy


  • Noël Cameron (University of Loughborough, UK) – The relationship between pre-natal and post-natal growth
  • Deborah Lawlor (University of Bristol, UK) – Maternal circulating nutrients and ethnic differences in body composition at birth
  • Aryeh Stein (Emory University; USA) –Growth recovery in adolescence: how much is possible and does it matter?
  • Susan Prescott (University of Western Australia) – Early nutrition in programing of immune health
  • Atul Singhal (University College London, UCL) – Impact of protein intake on long-term health
  • Peter Gluckman (University of Auckland, NZ) – The prevention of childhood obesity; understanding the interplay of lifecourse biology and trans-generational environments
  • Shane Norris (MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, South Africa)  – Growing up in Africa and its implications for childhood obesity
  • Caroline Fall (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, (UK) -  "So you think you can do a pre-conceptional study? What we learned from the Mumbai 'Samosa' Trial
  • Sophie Moore (MRC Human Nutrition Research, UK)  - Antenatal nutritional interventions and offspring health in undernourished settings
  • Elizabeth Kimani-Murage (Africa Population Health Research Centre; Kenya) – Effectiveness of personalized home-based nutritional counselling on breastfeeding practices and child nutrition outcomes in Nairobi slums
  • Nigel Crowther (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) – Early life origins of chronic diseases: a perspective from Low- and middle-income countries
  • David Phillips (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, UK) - Long Tail of Neglected Chronic Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Stephen Tollman (MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit, South Africa) – The HIV/NCD burden in South Africa: prevention across the lifecourse
  • Kathleen Kahn (MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit, South Africa) – Optimising adolescent health in South Africa to reduce transgenerational risk
  • Heather Jaspen (University of Cape Town) - Gut microbiome, HIV-exposure, and vaccine immunogenicity in HIV-exposed African infants
  • Rihlat Said Mohamed (MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, South Africa) - Relationship between early life exposure to infections and later adult inflammation and metabolic disease risk: the Birth to Twenty Plus Cohort.
  • Shelley Macaullay (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)– Gestational Diabetes in South Africa: implications for the foetus
  • John Newnham (University of Western Australia) - Exercise in pregnancy as a strategy to prevent gestational diabetes
  • Paul Ramchandani (University College London, UK) – Maternal depression in pregnancy and the developing fetus
  • Alan Stein (Oxford University, UK) - Disaggregating the effects of maternal antenatal and postnatal depression on children
  • Tamsen Rochet (Africa Centre, South Africa) - From pregnancy to primary school: A synthesis of results on the impact and mitigation of maternal depression on children’s emotional and behavioural development in rural South Africa
  • Stephen Kennedy (Oxford University, UK) - International Fetal Growth Standards: Implications for clinical practice & DOHaD research
  • Jose Villar (Oxford University, UK) - New International Neonatal and Pre-term Phenotype Classification Standards: Implications for clinical practice & DOHaD research
  • Mercedes de Onis (World Health Organisation; Switzerland) - Birth to 5 years old International Growth Standards
  • Najat Mokhtar (International Atomoc Energy Agency; Austria) - Infant Body Composition Standards
  • Christopher Kuzawa (Northwestern University, USA): The high costs of brain development during childhood:  Implications for DOHaD
  • Maureen Gannon (Vanderbilt University Medical Centre; USA) - Defects in pancreatic beta cell mass establishment and Type 2 Diabetes later in life
  • Cyrus Cooper (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit) - Maternal vitamin D supplementation and childhood skeletal health
  • Lisa Micklesfield (MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, South Africa) - Early life predictors of adult bone size and strength in South Africa
  • Francisco Mardones (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile) - Associations between fetal growth and the metabolic syndrome during childhood in Chile
  • Juliana Kagura (MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, South Africa) - Early Life Growth and Blood Pressure across the Life-course in urban South Africa
  • Isabelle Romieu (International Agency for Research on Cancer, France) - Developmental and Environmental Origins of Breast Cancer
  • Linda Adair (University of North Carolina, USA) - Translating DOHaD biological concepts into statistical models for cohort studies
  • Sue Sayers (Menzies School of Health Research, Australia) - Nutritional changes across the life course in the Australian Aboriginal birth cohort study 
  • Anne Jaquiery (Liggins institute, NZ) - Metabolic effects of erratic eating - Lessons from animal models and ‘Wa kai – time to eat’ study in Maori children
  • Wendy Hoy (University of Queensland, Australia) - Effect of Body size and shape on development of Chronic kidney disease in Aboriginal people 
  • Chris Desmond (Human Sciences Research Council) - Returns to early life interventions: Are they still high when other things are not equal?
  • Nicole Ford (Emory University, USA) - Childhood exposures and adult human capital: Modeling the potential impact of health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Dinky Levitt (University of Cape Town, South Africa) – The Mom and Baby Dyad in the First Year


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