Lorentz Center - Long Term consequences of exposure to famine from 3 Nov 2008 through 6 Nov 2008
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    Long Term consequences of exposure to famine
    from 3 Nov 2008 through 6 Nov 2008

Provisional Program




Monday 3rd November 2008




11:00 – 12:00    Arrivals at Lorentz Center and office assignments


12:00 – 13:00    Lunch in Huyges/Oort Restaurant (ground floor)



Introduction to the Workshop (room 201)


13:00 – 13:15    Introduction to workshop by the Lorentz Center


13:15 – 13:45    Background and rationale for workshop

                        Presented by Bertie Lumey

                        Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia




            Study Presentations

Presentations are scheduled to be 10 minutes each, with 5 minutes for questions

Key issues to be addressed in each presentation:

ό What are special study features;

ό What issues have been addressed to date;

ό What is the potential of further studies;

ό Are further studies in the populations being planned or already in




            13:45 – 14:30    First Session (room 201)


Food in pregnancy and mortality in cohorts born in the Sweden

Shelleftea parish, 1805-1849 

Presented by L.O. Bygren


Morbidity and mortality among births in Overkalix parish births, 1890-

1920, by paternal ancestor’s nutrition

Presented by Gunnar Kaati


The Ukraine famine of 1932-1933

Presented by Mykola Khalangot



14:30 – 14.45    Break for refreshments



14:45 – 15.30   Second session (room 201)


                        The Siege of Leningrad from 1941-44

                        Presented by Dimitri Shestov, Ilona Koupil, or Denny Vagero


                        The Dutch Famine of 1944-45

                        Health outcomes in a national birth cohort of male recruits.

                        Presented by Bertie Lumey


                        Psychiatric outcomes in selected hospital populations with prenatal

                        famine exposure. Presented by Ezra Susser



15:30 – 15.45    Break for refreshments


15.45 – 16.30    Third session (room 201)


                        The Dutch Hunger Winter Families study. Presented by Aryeh Stein


                        Health outcomes after prenatal exposure to the Chinese famine of 1959-

                        1961. Presented by David St.Clair


                        Survival among cohorts born during the Finnish famine of 1866-1868

                        Presented by Gabriele Doblhammer



16.30 – 16.45    Break for refreshments


 16:45 – 17.30   Fourth session (room 201)


                        The Dutch Famine of 1944-45 (Continued)


                        Health outcomes in men and women at ages 50 and 58 with prenatal

                        famine exposure in Amsterdam.

                        Presented by Tessa Roseboom


                        Health in women born 1932-1941 with famine exposure in the Dom

                        breast cancer screening cohort.

                        Presented by Sjoerd Elias


                        Health outcomes in men and women with famine exposure between

                        ages 10-19 in the Netherlands Cohort study

                        Presented by Leo Schouten



17:30 – 18:30    Wine & Cheese party in the common room





Tuesday 4th November 2008



                        State of the art reviews (room 201)


9:00 - 9.30         What can we learn from animal models?

                        Bas Zwaan, Institute of Biology, Leiden University


9:30 - 9:45         Discussion


9:45 - 10.15       Integrating epigenetics into famine studies

                        Bas Heijmans, Molecular Epidemiology, Leiden University Medical



10:15 - 10:30     Discussion


10:30 - 11.00     Coffee Break


11:00 - 11:30     Challenges in the design and analysis of life course studies and some


                        Ian McKeague, Department of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public

                        Health, Columbia University


11:30 - 11:45     Discussion


11:45 - 12:15     The challenges of maintaining collaborations in longitudinal studies of

                        mother and child nutrition

                        Reynaldo Martorell, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory



12:15 - 12:30     Discussion


12:30 – 12:45    Group picture in front of Lorentz Center (Oort) Building


12:45 – 14:00    Lunch in Huyges/Oort Restaurant (ground floor)



14:00 – 16:00    Room  201 – Gratama room – Meeting room

                        For the working group meetings, participants will be

divided into three working groups to discuss and identify the optimal

use of current study cohorts of populations with early famine exposure.


They will identify research issues from human biology that can be

addressed with the use of these Populations; They will evaluate the

empirical evidence from current study populations with famine exposure

regarding the hypothesis that changes in early nutrition are linked to

adult health; They will specify priority areas for further research, including

further collaborations between studies, taking costs and feasibility into

account; They will outline potential funding sources for future activities.


They will summarize their recommendations during the plenary

meeting on Wednesday morning.



16:15 – 16:30    Bus to Leiden Haven


16:30 – 19:30    Conference dinner during boat trip


19:30 – 20:00    Bus back to Lorentz Center


20:00 – …..       Working group meetings continued.





Wednesday 5th November 2008


Plenary meeting (room 201)


9:00 - 10.30       Rapporteurs present working group findings.        



10:30 - 11:00     Coffee Break


11:00 - 12:00     Conclusion

ό Formulation of Agenda for research priorities

ό Suggested publications arising from workshop

ό Future meetings



            12:00 – 13:00    Lunch in Huyges/Oort Restaurant (ground floor)



            === end of workshop ===





            Extended workshop


            14:00 – 17:00    Volunteer group will start  preparations for the recommended high-

                                    priority research activities and for publication of relevant materials from

                                    the workshop.





Thursday 6th November 2008




09:00 – 16:00    Continuation of volunteer group activities on high-priority activities

                        and journal publications from the workshop.



                        Lunch in Huyges/Oort Restaurant (ground floor)




=== end of extended workshop ===