Tag: Pregnancy

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

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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 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 Green’s views on science communication and engagement

Dr Green, Associate Professor in Development Physiology, University of Southhampton, discusses the importance of effective science communication and public engagement activities in the field of developmental origins of health and disease. Dr Green has conducted science engagement workshops for high school children, allowing them the opportunity to conduct experiments, and to meet with working scientists to understand the work they do.

DOHaD2019, Foetal physiology, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Science communication

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