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Human development in the time of Covid-19 – an international webinar series

DOHaD Africa is is delighted to invite you to a series of five webinars where we are partnering with the hosts, the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development (South Africa) and the Global Health Research Institute at the University of Southampton (UK). These webinars will investigate the effect of COVID-19 on human development, and how the virus will shape a new research agenda, with particular emphasis on its disruptions of child development, food security, public health priorities, socio-economic progress, and the environment. Left out of the Conversation Webinar flyer   &nb...

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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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Locally-relevant solutions to Covid-19 in Africa

A Covid19 Conversation and a Jam-Packed Newsletter African scientists, scholars and policymakers respond to Covid-19” At the time of writing, Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases stood at 34 924. While this is less than anticipated, the growth curve is on the rise, and the rollout of testing and surveillance has been erratic and inconsistent across the continent. As researchers of the developmental origins of health and disease in Africa, we can posit that the impact of Covid-19 will affect health...

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Interviews with Researchers from DOHaD 2019

In these audio interviews, we get the insight from researchers at the World Congress on the Developmental Origins of Health and Diseases, Australia, 2019. Listeners will learn about topics such as the effects of pollution on early childhood development, the role of fathers in a child’s health, and effective health interventions for adolescents.

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Complex interventions and study designs: Moving DOHaD forward

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Full-day workshop on Sunday 20 October Report by Shane Norris, Director of the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, Director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development (both in South Africa) and principal investigator of the HeLTI SA project He is also president of DOHaD Africa and was co-convenor of this workshopThis workshop provided a forum for expert presentations and discussions of the importance and challenges of developing and implementing complex DOHaD interventions. The need for better evidence was a key theme that emerged through the day – so there...

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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.

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