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Long Term consequences of exposure to famine
November 3 through November 6, 2008.
The aim of this workshop is to synthesize current findings from human studies
and to quantify the potential health implications of severe undernutrition at
specific points in the life-course on present and future generations. The
workshop will address the social policy implications of current research in this
area and explore biological mechanisms that may underlie any long term
changes in health. Participants will formulate research priorities in this area and
develop a program of action for the next 3-5 years. Activities may be undertaken
using available data from existing studies or with new data as needed.
On the first day, participants will introduce the currently available studies in
humans. On the second day, invited speakers will provide state-of-the art
reviews on themes of common interest such as relevant findings from animal
studies, the integration of data across studies, the use of (epi)genetic markers,
and analytic issues in the evaluation of longitudinal data. Policy implication will
also be discussed. Thereafter, participants will meet in working groups to discuss
and formulate short-term and medium term research priorities, data needs, and
areas for further collaboration between studies. In addition, steps to obtain
funding for future activities need to be clarified. The working groups will break for
a conference dinner and may continue their meetings in the evening. On the third
day, the working groups will present their recommendations for general
discussion in the plenary session with all workshop participants. A volunteer
writing group drawn from the participants will be charged to prepare relevant
materials from the workshop for journal publication and will proceed with these
preparations on the fourth day.
Participants include investigators of the Chinese famine of 1959-1961, the Dutch
famine of 1944-1945, the siege of
addition, long-term effects of famine across generations using 19th century
attended by investigators from a wide range of scientific disciplines, including
epidemiology, demography, medicine, maternal and child nutrition, human
development, biostatistics, genetics, molecular biology, and health policy. There
will be ample opportunity for informal discussions.