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OHSU Heart Research Center Lecture: "Born to be Fat? How Nine Months in the Uterus Impacts Your Health"

University of Alberta Professor Sandra Davidge, Ph.D., to discuss how changes in prenatal environment can change a baby’s development


Sandra Davidge, Ph.D., an international expert in the field of “developmental programming” research, will be the featured speaker at the OHSU Heart Research Center’s 18th annual lecture. Developmental programming research investigates how adverse changes in the prenatal environment, such as low oxygen levels or undernutrition, can have lifelong health consequences after birth. The adverse changes can lead to chronic diseases later in life, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Davidge is a professor in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Physiology and director of the Division of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. She also is Canada Research Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health.


5:15 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2011


Vey Conference Center, 11th floor, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
700 S.W. Campus Drive, Portland, OR 97239


Davidge will discuss her research and the effects of prenatal life on heart function and obesity. The lecture and a reception afterwards are free and open to the public. The OHSU Heart Research Center and the March of Dimes are sponsors of the lecture.

Parking at OHSU is free to the public after 5 p.m. Maps and directions to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. For more information on the event, please call 503-494-2305, or contact us by email at

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