Moore Report Spring 2016

Director's Message: Welcome to the new Moore Report!

Kent Thornburg headshotWelcome to the first installment of the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition &Wellness newsletter. We hope this newsletter serves as a way to stay connected with the many amazing people and organizations we've met during the past four years and helps us reach many more in our efforts to eliminate chronic disease where it begins—with poor early life nutrition.

The scientific cornerstone of the Moore Institute is a discipline called the developmental origins of health and disease, or DOHaD, which articulates the vital and interwoven relationships between maternal prenatal diet, fetal growth and adult onset disease. It is now widely accepted that most chronic diseases begin in the womb.  As adults, our vulnerability for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers is determined by the nutrition and stress our mothers experienced before and during her pregnancy. And these effects are multigenerational, meaning the food a woman eats affects not only her own health and her children's health, but also that of her future grandchildren.

OHSU has been an international leader in the science of DOHaD for many years, but until the creation of the Moore Institute had not engaged in translating that science into actionable steps to address the root causes of chronic disease.

In 2011, Bob and Charlee Moore of Bob's Red Mill, Inc. pledged $25 million to confront the role of poor early life nutrition in the rise of chronic disease. The pledge established the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition &Wellness. Since that time, we've taken a healthy bite out of our agenda to fight chronic disease through changing the way we think about food and health.

A few highlights from the past four years include:

  • hosting nutrition consortiums across Oregon to bring together people who are already working in this space to find was to collaborate and share resources.
  • presenting at countless community, business and professional meetings, as well as legislative committees to spread the message about the origins of chronic disease.
  • working to thread nutrition throughout the first 18 months of OHSU medical school curriculum.
  • bringing together world leaders in nutrition and program implementation at an international summit to address barriers to implementing nutrition programs in developing nations.

This newsletter will serve to keep people apprised of the work we are doing, and to facilitate engagement with our overall objective of eliminating chronic disease. We will include information not only about what we are doing, but important work our partners are doing as well. We'll share information about how nutrition affects our lifelong health, and emerging research about the role of epigenetics and the field of developmental origins. We'll also include information about ways to be involved with the Moore Institute and upcoming events.

Each newsletter will highlight one important project we are currently working on. In this issue, we are highlighting our new public health initiative, Better the Future. Each newsletter will also include a nutrition-focused article. This month it's an article counteracting the recent claims of 'grain-brain' and explaining the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Take a look and let us know what you think.

We're dedicated to translating this science into healthier communities, but we won't be able to do it alone. We hope you continue to stay connected with us, and please let us know your thoughts about this newsletter and what you would like to hear from us in future issues.


Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.
M. Lowell Edwards Chair

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Director, Center for Developmental Health, Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Director, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellnes
Oregon Health & Science University