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    GCPH Seminar Series 8 Lecture 4 - Prof Jonathan Seckl

    Location: Trades Hall of Glasgow, Glasgow, G1 1UH
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    Developmental programming - how your parents' environment before you were born impacts on you and your children's risk of disease

    The fourth seminar from Series 8 of the GCPH and IFF Seminar Series was delivered by Professor Jonathan Seckl from the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 15 February. 

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    Overview

    We all blame our genes for many of our features, behaviours and illnesses. Recent studies suggest that the environment before birth is also a major influence on the risk of ill-health across the lifespan and perhaps into a further generation.

    This process, called ‘developmental programming’, has been studied intensively in recent years and is beginning to reveal a process called epigenetics which underpins growth, behaviour and health risks. In this seminar, Prof Seckl will discuss these issues and how for example, stress during pregnancy or how well a child’s grandfather ate, impacts on their life.

     

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