Leading DOHaD researcher to give Research Week keynote, May 8

Chittaranjan Yajnik, M.D., FRCP, an international expert in the field of developmental origins of disease, has been invited by the School of Medicine Research Roadmap and the Knight Cardiovascular Institute Center for Developmental Health’s David J.P. Barker Memorial Lecture Series to give a lecture during Research Week on Thursday, May 8, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the OHSU Auditorium. Dr. Yajnik will lead us in a conversation about the rapidly rising epidemic of diabetes and non-communicable diseases in India, examining conventional explanations and the application of the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) theory, using examples stemming from multi-year intervention studies.

Dr. Yajnik founded KEM Hospital’s diabetes unit in 1985. He has worked for the last three decades to investigate the high susceptibility of Indians to diabetes, popularizing the concept of thin-fat Indians and leading research studies related to the developmental origins of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He is featured in a BBC program, The Nine Months That Made You, which has been shown across the globe, and is the recipient of the Hellmut Mehnert Award of the International Diabetes Federation (2009) and the David Barker Medal of the DOHaD society (2011), honoring his contributions to the scientific development and broader leadership of the DOHaD field.

This talk is one of four keynote lectures during OHSU Research Week, taking place May 5-9. View the full Research Week schedule.