Our research programmes investigate the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and the genetic antecedents of preterm birth.
Non-communicable diseases (NCD) currently account for 63% of deaths worldwide, a figure predicted to increase. Non-communicable diseases are largely preventable through effective interventions that target shared risk factors namely, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol. To be able to truly understand the effects of these interventions, identify which will be effective and elucidate the gene environment interactions related to the development of NCD, it is necessary to undertake detailed genetic research into the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). Gaining insights about the origins of the onset of many adult diseases will allow us to identify individuals at risk and possibly prevent the onset of these adult diseases.