DOHaD Africa


Live your Best Life – a radio serial on preconception health

DOHaD Africa is delighted to announce its partnership with the SABC and Jozi FM in airing an 11-week radio serial on preconception health. Live your Best Life follows Zodwa, her partner Mandla, and their friends and family, as they navigate the challenges and opportunities of being healthy. Health affects physical, mental and financial wellbeing, and  this radio serial showcases interesting and relevant content for both the lay person and expert. The serial’s Facebook page houses extra resources – such as healthy living tips, and mental health help resources for its community of...

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DOHaD Monthly Session # 1 – Blood Pressure in children and teens

  Please join us on the 5th of May 2022 for our inaugural DOHaD Monthly Session! Dr Juliana Kagura, senior lecturer in the School of Public Health, will be presenting her paper on blood pressure in children and teens – challenges and opportunities. All researchers and practitioners in this space are welcome to attend. Details are as follows: 5 May 2022 Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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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...

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JDOHaD Themed Issue: COVID-19: Impact of viruses on DOHaD

The Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (JDOHAD) is calling for papers that study the impact of viruses on DOHaD. This may be studies of the impact of a viral infection on fetal, childhood or adult health, the impact of antiviral treatment on fetal, childhood or adult health or the lifelong impact of an epidemic/pandemic from a social, health or psychological perspective. The issue is driven by the current COVID-19 pandemic but studies of the impact of any virus or treatment for any viral infection is welcomed as long as the study has a DOHaD focus. Submissions will be accepted...

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Revisiting DOHaD International Congress 2019 – from your living room

Covid-19 has irrevocably changed the world, and we’re having to find innovative ways to connect with each other. DoHAD International is unable to have an in-person gathering in 2020 and will offer an online revisiting of 2019’s most popular plenary sessions every Wednesday from 10 June 2020 to 15 July 2020. Sessions include presentations on: The Human Microbiome Origins for Health and Disease; Inflammation in Developmental Programming – Lessons from Cardiovascular Disease; and The Chemical Environment and Health.  These are available to DoHAD members only. IMPORTANT INFORMATION...

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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.