Author: DOHaD Africa

Dr Sharpe and the influence of fathers on birth outcomes

Dr Gemma Sharpe, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Epidemiology, University of Bristol, speaks about the importance of broadening the field of development origins of health and disease to look at paternal influences, which she believes has been neglected. Paternal health around the time of pregnancy, such as diet, exposure to environmental toxins, and smoking habits are important factors to consider. Furthermore, a male partner’s emotional aptitude and his support of his pregnant partner, is critical for the health and wellbeing of both the mother and child.

Fathers, Pregnancy

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Dr Hnatiuk discusses the exercise guidelines

Dr Jill Hnatiuk, Lecturer, Physical Activity and Health, Deakin University, discusses the importance of physical activity in early childhood (between the ages of 0 and 5) for later health. In addition, she notes that many children do not meet the daily physical activity requirements, and that this must be addressed.

early childhood development, exercise guidelines

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Dr Okala talks about nutrition in pregnancy and the efficacy of vaccinations

Dr Sandra Okala, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Women and Children’s Health at King’s College London, discusses her passion for immunology  and how nutrition in utero effects a baby’s response to childhood vaccinations. Dr Okala has conducted a clinical trial in Gambia to measure such effects. This trial, involving 800 pregnant women, was conducted between 2010 and 2015.

immunology, Pregnancy, vaccinations

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Dr Barker on helping teenagers live their best lives

Professor Mary Barker, Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Science, University of Southampton Honorary Reader in Psychology, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London, discusses the importance of supporting adolescents to live their best lives. She notes that the behaviour change interventions used to support adolescents have not been effective and thus discusses how personalised and tailored interventions are key.

adolescents, behavioral change, behavioural change, teenagers

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