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Exploring the intergenerational effects of maternal diet

February 24, 2014

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The OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness recently hosted a visiting lecturer as part of its efforts to spark a movement to better the future and end chronic disease where it starts.

More than 75 people from the Oregon community and OHSU were in attendance Feb. 12 to hear Tessa Roseboom, Ph.D., professor of early development and health at the Academic Medical Centre at the University of Amsterdam, and senior international fellow of the Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, speak on the effects of maternal diet on health throughout life, as well as its intergenerational impact. 

"Dr.  Roseboom's data were profound because they showed that people who were in the womb during periods of severe malnutrition suffer a host of maladies affecting nearly every organ system when they reach adulthood. She also showed that embryos and fetuses in the first trimester are most affected," said Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., director of the Moore Institute. 

As senior international fellow of the institute, Dr. Roseboom provides a valuable link to international studies that hold the keys to conquering chronic disease. The Moore Institute is committed to sharing this knowledge in ways that reshape our health culture and, one day, eliminate chronic diseases altogether.

Watch the video of her lecture at this website.