A conversation with Mary Wlodek, Professor of Physiology at the University of Melbourne

We interviewed Professor Mary Wlodek whose mission is to try and correct the deficits in breastmilk of women who suffer with complicated pregnancies. In Professor Wlodek’s long career in animal-based research, it became clear that many rat pups born small, developed cardiovascular and metabolic health problems, which has intergenerational repercussions. Maternal and placental changes that occur in complicated pregnancies in rats meant that a mother’s breast function was altered, and that their offspring are not able to consume the right amount, and best composition, of breast milk. This is...

Continue reading

Prof Kelly speaks about the effects of air pollution on babies

Professor Frank Kelly, Department Head of Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Science, Kings College, London, discusses his environmental research area: the impacts of air pollution on the pregnant mother and her child in-utero. He leads a research group that provides monitoring of London’s air quality. His work includes providing hourly updates to London’s public about such air quality.

air pollution, Pregnancy, urbanisation, urbanization

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

DOHaD Africa Chapter’s virtual home is hosted by the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation.

Newsletter