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Nutrition in the Womb: How to Reduce Chronic Disease in the Next Generation


WHAT:  “Nutrition in the Womb” – a four-day seminar on how improving the diets of girls and young women will reduce the burden of chronic disease in the next generation. Sponsors are the Oregon Health & Science University Heart Research Center, The Barker Foundation and the Foundation for a Lifetime.

WHY:  Recent research — much of it by David J.P. Barker, M.D., Ph.D., OHSU adjunct professor of cardiovascular medicine who is one of the seminar’s featured speakers — has shown that those who are poorly nourished in the womb are more likely to suffer later in life from chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Barker, who also is a professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, is internationally known for discovering the relationship between low birth weight and the lifetime risk for coronary heart disease and other medical disorders, which the British Medical Journal has named the Barker Hypothesis.

WHEN:  Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Sept. 21 with a free symposium for teachers on Saturday, Sept. 22.

WHERE:  Morning sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Marriott Residence Inn, 2115 S.W. River Parkway, Portland 97201. Afternoon sessions are from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the conference center at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland 97239.

FREE SYMPOSIUM FOR TEACHERS:  Sept. 22, 9: 00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the conference center at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing. Featured speakers: Barker and Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., director of the OHSU Heart Research Center. To register, contact Lisa Rhuman at 503-494-2382.

COST:  $225 for entire seminar; $75 for those who register for just the Thursday and Friday sessions. The Saturday session for teachers, as noted, is free.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Go to or call 503-703-6096 or 503-494-8231.

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