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Why are the First 1000 Days of Life so Important for Health and Human Development? Lessons from Cohorts Followed to Young Adulthood

03 April 2012
12:30 - 13:30

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03 April 2012

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12:30 – 13:30


Dr Linda Adair, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health


Dr Linda Adair’s seminar will address the importance of “the first 1000 days” … from conception until 2 years of age….for later health and developmental outcomes in low and middle income country populations. She will present research results from the Consortium on Health Orientated Research in Transitional Societies  (COHORTS) group, which unites longitudinal studies in South Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, India and the Philippines to understand how birth outcomes, child nutrition and growth in the first 2 years relates to young adult school attainment, height, body composition and chronic disease risk. Comparative results across all of the cohorts, as well as more detailed results from the Philippines study will be presented.


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Dr. Adair is a biological anthropologist interested in maternal and child nutrition. Her theoretical orientation comes from human biology and she is interested in how human populations respond to nutritional stresses. She is currently working on a large-scale longitudinal survey of women and children in the Philippines. This work involves exploration of patterns and determinants of growth from infancy through young adulthood; the long-term consequences of fetal and early child-growth patterns; the development of chronic disease risk factors in adolescents and young adults; and determinants of women’s nutritional status through the life cycle. She also collaborates with investigators in the study of (1) gene-environment interactions as determinants of health and nutritional status; (2) feeding, parenting styles and growth of African American infants; (3) nutritional status of lactating HIV-infected women and their offspring in Malawi, and (4) the nutrition transition and emergence of obesity in China and rural South Africa.

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