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Set up for life

6:30pm-7:45pm on Monday 29 March

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We’re used to the idea that as adults we have some control over our destiny: what we eat and drink and how much we exercise can affect our health. But the risks of heart disease and diabetes can be programmed much earlier – even before we are born. The environment of our earliest months in the womb can affect our long-term health, and even the health of our grandchildren.

Hear Cambridge experts unpick how the lived experiences of our parents and grandparents affect us before we are born, and how we might counteract adverse outcomes.

Professor Dino Giussani (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) will talk about his work on how the environment in the womb programmes our cardiovascular health in later life. Professor Sue Ozanne (Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science) discusses how growth and nutrition in the womb influences our risk of type 2 diabetes and Professor Claire Hughes (Centre for Family Research) describes how even a parent’s emotional state can play a role in outcomes for the baby; surprisingly, this link with postnatal wellbeing was equally strong if the father had a ‘difficult birth’ emotionally.

This event is hosted by Cambridge Reproduction SRI and HORIZONS magazine. You can meet the experts on pages 24-25 and 30-33 of the magazine, which is freely available for download

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

Additional Information

Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 1,000
Theme: Health
Image copyright: Sam Falconer

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