Food for Thought Lecture Series - You are what your grandmother ate — inherited metabolic effects of in utero environment

Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2016

Come on out to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum to January 16th at 10:30am to learn about how what your grandmother ate has impacted your metabolism from Dr. Mary Ellen Harper.  

Biological traits are passed to our children and grandchildren through our genes. Of course this is true… but it is not the whole story! The pioneering work in the 1980s of the physician and epidemiologist David Barker ushered in the new era of epigenetics, inherited traits that are not encoded in DNA. Recent research reveals the importance of epigenetics in health and disease, particularly in adult metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. This public lecture will focus on key discoveries emanating from the Dutch Hunger Winter, the Barker Hypothesis, and Mitochondrial Energetics.


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