Director's message

Building for tomorrow

Kent head shot_webWe've been thinking a lot about the concept of "building" lately at the Moore Institute as it relates to human health.

How is a healthy adult built? We believe that the nutrition the embryo receives even before implantation –that is, before a woman is officially pregnant –determines the maturation of the embryo and fetus throughout pregnancy. Its growth trajectory is already being set at that early stage of development, paving the way for the onset of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity in adulthood. Therefore, in order to end chronic diseases, we must create a cultural shift. Every woman in her reproductive years must have continuous access to good nutrition. When we consider what access means, we recognize that there are many social determinants involved in the construction of a healthy adult. Finding ways to combat the detrimental effects of stress and poor nutrition is both a challenge and an opportunity for the Moore Institute.

How is a healthy institute built? As you will see in the pages that follow, our leadership and committees continue to form innovative partnerships and assemble projects to meet and exceed our goals. We have sustained an indomitable spirit as we look forward to growth in all of our missions. Our communications partners have been hard at work conceptualizing concepts and messaging to bring the scientific knowledge in to the public eye and mobilize a public health movement. We are on the verge of translating our ideas into high-impact solutions that will rebuild our health culture and make Oregon a healthier place to live.

Kent L. Thornburg, Ph.D. Director, OHSU Moore Institute for Nutrition &Wellness

This message appeared in the Moore Institute annual report. Read more here.