How can good nutrition play a part in reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases? On Thursday, May 30 at 5 p.m. in Vollum Institute room M1441, David Barker, M.D., Ph.D., director of international collaborations at the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, and Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., interim director of the Moore Institute will discuss the vital relationships between maternal prenatal diet, fetal health and adult onset disease. The hour-long lecture will be followed by a reception. Please RSVP.
Over twenty-five years ago, Dr. Barker was the first to show that people who had low birth weight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease and diabetes – now a widely accepted fact. This finding led to a new understanding that chronic adult diseases are “programmed” in the womb by malnutrition and other harmful influences. In addition to his role with the Moore Institute he is a professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at OHSU and professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK.
Dr. Thornburg is professor and associate chief for research in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at OHSU, director of the Heart Research Center and interim director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness. He has expertise in cardiopulmonary physiology, placentology, and developmental programming. His research focuses on the roles of the placenta and the intrauterine environment as programming agents for adult-onset chronic disease and he leads studies on maternal diet and body in regulating fetal growth in women of Oregon.
Learn more about the OHSU Moore Institute.