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Welcome from DOHaD 2021

Dear Colleagues

We are delighted to welcome you to the DOHaD World Congress 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from October 16 to Oct 20 (inclusive), 2021, with integrated satellite meetings in Kananaskis, Alberta, and Quebec City, Quebec.

The theme for the main Congress is Social and Environmental Disruptions in DOHaD: Successful Interventions for a Healthy Future.

There will be subthemes concerned with new aspects and mechanisms of DOHaD, pre-pregnancy and paternal influences, the impact of DOHaD on first nations, refugees and migrant populations and the impact of environment and climate change on DOHaD. We will apply this information to world-wide populations and to interventions that optimise childhood development and healthy life trajectories. We anticipate sessions on new topics as broad as DOHaD and cancer, DOHaD and immune responsiveness, DOHaD and Ageing, the built environment, developmental trajectories in domestic animals, the importance of maternal health, epigenetics, influencing policy  and practice, working with government, and the economic impact of DOHaD. 

Key characteristics of the program will include high profile opportunities for trainees and early career investigators, a strong emphasis on implementation science and involvement of consumers and community organisations and application of DOHaD principles to populations; precision medicine on a population scale.

We are delighted to be partnering in the development of this program with Simon Fraser University BC, the Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN; a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence), the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, Edmonton, Alberta, the Fonds Recherche du Quebec and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

All this will take place in an ocean-side setting against a backdrop of mountains in one of the world’s safest and most liveable cities. Vancouver is easily accessible from around the globe. The Congress and integrated satellites will provide you with a feast of thought, science, and translation of knowledge. We will provide special times for interactions with colleagues from around the world, in a city that prides itself on its cultural diversity and harmony.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver for DOHaD2021.

Yours sincerely,