MCH Life Course Research Network Webinar: New Insights Into Ending Chronic Disease

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
5:00pmET - 6:00pmET
Location: Webinar

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This webinar - the third in the MCH LCRN's ongoing series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research: Past, Present and Future - will feature David Barker, M.D., Ph.D., FRS, Physician and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, U.K., and Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, U.S.

Twenty years ago, Dr. Barker showed for the first time that people who had low birthweight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease. In 1995, the British Medical Journal named this the "Barker Hypothesis." It is now widely accepted. In 2010, Time Magazine called it the "New Science." In 2003, Dr. Barker joined Professor Kent Thornburg at the faculty at the Heart Research Center, OHSU, to study how nutrition and growth before birth and during early childhood alter the development of the heart. Dr. Barker's work is relevant to both Western countries and the developing world.