News Release: Research

Nov. 14,  2008

Predictive Health and Society Seminar Series: The Transformation of Health and Healing

Seminar: Using Early Growth to Predict Adult Health

David Barker, internationally renowned for the groundbreaking discovery identifying small size at birth as a risk factor for coronary heart disease and diabetes in adulthood, will speak Thursday, Nov. 20 at noon in Emory's Cox Hall Ballroom on "Using Early Growth to Predict Adult Health."

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, noon
Cox Hall Ballroom, Emory
Free and open to the public

Barker's discovery led to the recognition that a range of chronic diseases can have their origins during fetal life, an observation with profound health implications. The ‘Barker Hypothesis’ has irreversibly influenced the way in which science and society can confront health and wellbeing across the life cycle. This work draws attention to the importance of women’s health for future generations, has implications for health disparities and the burgeoning obesity epidemic, and emphasizes the importance of the nutrition of young women and their babies, as well as the lifestyles of men and women in middle age for the prevention of chronic disease.

The preeminent scientist behind the field of “developmental origins of health and disease,” Barker is a prolific lecturer and widely published. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Danone Nutrition Award and Prince Mahidol Prize, he is presently professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK, and professor in cardiovascular medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. 

Barker’s lecture at Emory will review evidence of how early development is related to long-term health and wellbeing. 

The seminar is sponsored by the Emory Predictive Health and Society Initiative.  Part of the University's strategic plan, the Initiative aims include an expanded understanding of health and the discovery of early markers of health with the goal of redirecting the focus of medicine to health promotion and disease prevention.

For more information about the seminar, call 404.686.6194.

For more information, see Emory Predictive Health and Society Initiative.


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