The 9th World Congress of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

8-11 November 2015, Cape Town, South AfricaPic 001_resize

The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) concept describes how during early life (conception, pregnancy, infancy and childhood) the interplay between maternal and environmental factors program (induce physiological changes) foetal 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, the first to be held in Africa, will explore new solutions in infant and child malnutrition, and new epidemics of obesity and non-communicable diseases.

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