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Developmental origins of chronic disease and disease prevention

This stream takes a multidisciplinary look at the factors that influence a person’s health at conception, during gestation, and throughout their first 1000 days of life.

The focus will be on maternal nutrition during pregnancy (including exposure to high fat diets or alcohol) along with infant nutrition during lactation and early life. These studies will give us insight into the developmental origins of childhood obesity which can contribute to life-long health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.

Additionally, the group have a strong interest in how environmental factors contribute to childhood disease. Every day children are exposed to environmental hazards that adversely affect their health. BDHP researchers will investigate factors contributing to the initiation and progression of inflammatory lung disease as well as asthma and cystic fibrosis.

The primary goal is to understand the factors during early life that contribute to disease onset so preventative measures can be implemented.

Stream Leader

Professor Karen Moritz

Director, Child Health Research Centre, UQ
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

Stream Team

Dr Robyn Littlewood

A/ Executive Director of Research
Centre for Children’s Health Research Director of Dietetics and Nutrition
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Co-Chair
Queensland Child and Youth Clinical Network
Clinical Excellence Division
Department of Health


Professor Geoff Cleghorn

Director, Centre for Children’s Research Centre, IHBI
Professor of Child Health, QUT
Director, Mead Johnson Pediatric Nutrition Institute