Programme of the international course

“Pre- and perinatal determinants of health in child- and adulthood”

Tartu, Centre of Genetics and Biotechnology Omicum, Riia 23b lecture hall 105

April 23, 2015 Thursday 

(hosted by Doctoral School of Clinical Medicine)  

Session I Intrauterine and early childhood determinants of individual’s health 

9:00 - 9:55 Prof. Johan Gunnar Eriksson (Finland): Importance of early life for later health outcomes--findings from the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study 

 9.55 - 10.50  Prof. Maria Christina Jenmalm (Sweden): Intrauterine and early infancy                     determinants of allergy development 

10.50 - 11.40  Coffee and poster session 

11.40 - 12.35  Prof. Rebecca Reynolds (UK): Endocrine communication in maternal-fetal                 programming and long-term offspring outcomes 

 12.35 -13.35  Short presentations 
  • Kadi Jairus (Estonia): Chorionic villus direct method in everyday diagnostic practice – use the benefits, but know the risks
  • Laura Kasak (Estonia): Extensive load of somatic CNVs in the human placenta 
  • Mariann Koel (Estonia): The effect of TGFbeta and FGF2 inhibitors on BMP4-initiated  differentiation from human embryonic stem cells

13.35 - 14.30  Lunch break 

14.30 - 15.00  Short presentations 
  • Zilvinas Venclovas (Lithuania): One year DHEAS concentration-axed search for dehidroepiandrosteronism (dehism) and dehidroepiandrosteroma (dehoma) 
  • Jelena Meinilä (Finland): Nutrient intake in pre-pregnant and pregnant women at high risk of gestational diabetes 

Session II Nutritional modifiers of pregnancy course and offspring health  

15.00 - 15.55  Prof. Régine PM. Steegers –Theunissen (Netherland):   Periconceptional                   nutritional care: Should we care? 

 15.55 - 16.50  Dr. Nicholas Harvey (UK): Vitamin D in pregnancy: implications for maternal           and offspring health   

April 24, 2015 Friday

Session III Pregnancy disorders: link to maternal and offspring long-term health complications 

(hosted by  HAPPY PREGNANCY project)

9.00 - 9.55   Prof. Christopher Redman (UK): Placental stress and preeclampsia, in relation to future maternal health

9.55 - 10.50  Prof. Anne Cathrine Staff (Norway): Long-term maternal cardiovascular disease   after pregnancy hypertension and placental dysfunction: possible mechanisms and how to follow up women at risk?

10.50 - 11.30  Coffee and poster session

11.30 - 12.25  Prof Peter Damm (Denmark): Gestational diabetes – short and long-term                 consequences for mother and offspring

12.25 - 13.30  Short presentations 

  • Kristiina Rönö (Finland): Gestational diabetes can be prevented by lifestyle intervention The Finnish gestational diabetes prevention study (RADIEL) - a randomized controlled trial
  • Ele Hanson (Estonia): Clinical characteristics of patients with pregnancy related hypertensive disorders  in Happy Pregnancy study: pilot data
  • Nora Grotenfeld (Finland): Gestational weight gain does not associate with incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus in women with high risk for GDM

13.30 -14.30  Lunch break

Session IV Genetic and exocrine determinants of fertility and fetal programming 

(hosted by Graduate School in Biomedicine and Biotechnology)

14.30 - 15.25  Prof. Richard Sharpe  (UK):  Impacts of common fetal exposures on reproductive   development and function in both sexes and their long-term impacts

15.25 - 16.20  Dr. Rachel Freathy (UK): Using Genetics to understand how the intra-uterine           environment influences fetal growth