How do early life experiences shape lifelong health?
Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
We study how early-life exposures and experiences shape lifelong health. Our current research is focused on the role of maternal nutrition, infant feeding and human milk composition in the development and prevention of asthma, allergies, obesity and diabetes.
Our team is transdisciplinary, combining expertise in molecular biology, epidemiology, statistics, nutrition and maternal-child health. We collaborate and use model systems, clinical cohorts, and administrative databases to study DOHaD in cells, animals and human populations,
Current projects include:
Breastfeeding and chronic disease risk in childhood (obesity, allergies, asthma)
Breastfeeding and cardiometabolic health in adulthood
Human milk oligosaccharides and microbiota: maternal determinants and impact on infant health
Human milk hormones and infant body composition
Prenatal exposure to non-nutritive sweeteners and cardiometabolic health
Impact of human-milk based fortifiers on gut microbiota and oxidative stress in premature infants
Perinatal exposure to antibiotics and chronic disease risk
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