Workshop - Evolutionary Aspects of Child Development and Health


Evolutionary Aspects of Child Development and Health
June 3 - 5, 2014
Harbour Centre, Labatt Hall (Room #1700)
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
The risk of adult heart disease, cancer, and a broad swath of other negative health outcomes may result from exposures during fetal and infant development. Why and how? The field of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) focuses on connections between adult health outcomes and exposures to social and physical challenges experienced during early life. Some of those links may have originally emerged as evolutionary adaptations. Yet, some of them may become harmful when expressed in environments that differ from those in which the link originally evolved. How should practitioners deal with the resulting biological traits? How can we integrate our understanding of a trait’s evolutionary origin, the roles of the environment, genetics, and epigenetics in ontogeny, and the biological mechanisms that mediate phenotypic expression, to improve developmental outcomes? Obtaining answers requires integration and collaboration across diverse fields including evolution, ecology, child development, and medicine. This integration is paramount to the creation of novel programs that optimize human development in a variety of socio-economic environments, interventions that prevent undesired outcomes, and treatments to ameliorate the effects of early exposures when prevention is not possible. Towards these aims, this workshop brings together world-renowned experts and trainees studying development from a broad variety of perspectives.
Invited Speakers:        
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, University of Aukland

Dr. Michael Meaney, McGill University

Dr. Stephen Stearns, Yale University

Dr. Peter Ellison, Harvard University

Dr. Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University

Dr. Deborah Sloboda, McMaster University
Dr. Bernard Crespi, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Joanne Weinberg, University of British Columbia

Dr. Marla Sokolowski, University of Toronto

Dr. Stephen Matthews, University of Toronto

Dr. Thomas McDade, Northwestern University

Dr. Ronald Barr, University of British Columbia

Dr. Christopher Kuzawa, Northwestern University

Dr. Pablo Nepomnaschy, Simon Fraser University

Evening Public Lecture Wednesday, 4 June 2014, by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Ministe, University of Aukland

For additional information on the workshop, please contact the Workshop Coordinator, Dr. Katrina Salvante (

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Download the Preliminary Program for the workshop, using the link below
evo-dohad_-_final_program.pdf1.24 MB