New Insights Into Ending Chronic Disease
This webinar–the third in the LCRN’s ongoing series on The State of Life Course Health Development Research: Past, Present and Future–features David Barker, MD, PhD, FRS, Physician and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, U.K., and Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University.
Nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Barker showed for the first time that people who had low birthweight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease. In 1995, the British Medical Journal named this the “Barker Hypothesis.” It is now widely accepted. In 2010, Time Magazine called it the “New Science.” In 2003, Dr. Barker joined Professor Kent Thornburg at the Heart Research Center, OHSU, to study how nutrition and growth before birth and during early childhood alter the development of the heart. Dr. Barker’s work is relevant to both Western countries and the developing world.
Until 2003, David Barker was Director of the Medical Research Council Environmental Epidemiology Unit and a Consultant Physician at Southampton University Hospitals. He trained as a physician at Guy’s Hospital, London, and thereafter at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, Birmingham. In 1966, he became a Lecturer in Clinical Medicine at the University of Birmingham. In 1969, he became a Lecturer in Preventive Medicine at Makerere University, Uganda. After 3 years, he moved to the University of Southampton, where he has remained. In 2003, he was appointed Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.
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