The risk of adult heart disease, cancer, and a broad swath of other negative health outcomes may result from exposures during fetal and infant development. Why and how? The field of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) focuses on connections between adult health outcomes and exposures to social and physical challenges experienced during early life. Some of those links may have originally emerged as evolutionary adaptations. Yet, some of them may become harmful when expressed in environments that differ from those in which the link originally evolved. How should practitioners deal with the resulting biological traits? How can we integrate our understanding of a trait’s evolutionary origin, the roles of the environment, genetics, and epigenetics in ontogeny, and the biological mechanisms that mediate phenotypic expression, to improve developmental outcomes? Obtaining answers requires integration and collaboration across diverse fields including evolution, ecology, child development, and medicine. This integration is paramount to the creation of novel programs that optimize human development in a variety of socio-economic environments, interventions that prevent undesired outcomes, and treatments to ameliorate the effects of early exposures when prevention is not possible. Towards these aims, this workshop brings together world-renowned experts and trainees studying development from a broad variety of perspectives.
The main goals of the workshop are:
Evening Public Lecture Wednesday, 4 June 2014, by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Ministe, University of Aukland
Organizers: Drs. Bernie Crespi, John Challis and Pablo Nepomnaschy
*There are a limited number of awards to cover the cost of registration for students and Post-Doctoral trainees. To apply please send a letter of request stating your interest in the workshop and CV to the Workshop Coordinator, Dr. Katrina Salvante (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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To register and for more information on the workshop, please visit: http://hesp.irmacs.sfu.ca/evo_child_dev_health
The Evolutionary Aspects of Child Development and Health Workshop is supported by Simon Fraser University’s Human Evolutionary Studies Program; an SFU Faculty of Health Sciences Mowafaghian Child Health Faculty Award; SFU’s Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost; and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.