February 11, 2011
The study of fetal programming is the focus of a two-day course Feb. 17-18 at the Emory Conference Center.
"Predicting Lifespan Health" will give a broad introduction to fetal programming, the process whereby environmental influences acting during development alter gene expression and program the body's structures and functions for life.
A body of evidence shows that adult chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, originate through this process by adverse influences during development.
Sponsored by Emory's Office of the Provost and the Emory College, and the office of the British Consulate-General, Atlanta, the conference is intended for postgraduates from a wide range of disciplines, including basic science, clinical science, anthropology, economics, nutrition and public health.