PhD course: Pregnancy and programming and later risk of obesity related disease – University of Copenhagen

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PhD course: Pregnancy and programming and later risk of obesity related disease

Title Pregnancy and programming and later risk of obesity
Level            PhD course
Time and Date 22.01.2018, at: 09:00 - 26.01.2018, at: 16:30
Place Enheden for Epidemiologisk Kostforskning, Parker Instituttet Frederiksberg Hospital, Nordre Fasanvej 572000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Form Lectures
Language English
When to apply Before 8 January 2018

Learning objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

  1. understand how fetal life may be an important determinant for later disease development.
  2. understand how exposure to certain dietary nutrients or environmental pollutants early in life may influence disease later in life.
  3. understand how early weight and growth relates to later obesity and co-morbidities
  4. know and understand effects of lifestyle interventions in pregnant women in relation to maternal and offspring health


The course will build on the understanding of the developmental origins of obesity and related diseases. It will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest developments with regard to mother-infant nutritional programming research and offer advice on prevention diagnosis and management of early nutrition and adult diseases. In addition it will enhance the understanding of the complex interactions between nutrient, genetics and biological factors during pregnancy. The programme will thus permit attendees to improve their knowledge in this field with updated overviews.


PhD students with basic knowledge in epidemiology, medicine and/or nutrition

Relevance to graduate programmes

The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

  • All graduate programmes

Course director

Berit L. Heitmann,


Amongst others:

  • George TH Ellison, PhD DSc, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Leeds, UK.
  • Daryl O'Connor, Prof., School of Psychology, Univeristy of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • Amanda R Amorim Adegboye, PhD, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Westminster, London, UK.
  • Berit L. Heitmann Professor, Institute of Public health, The section for general Practice, Copenhagen University , and Research Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute
  • Thorkild I.A Sørensen, Professor, Dr.Med.Sci, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Copenhagen and The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Copenhagen
  • Ellen Aa. Nohr, Prof.,Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense


Please register before 8. Januar 2018

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.

Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

How to apply

Through the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences Copenhagen University’s Course Catalogue,direct link to the course:


This course is free of
charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business
School). Special rules apply for research year students enrolled at Faculty of
Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH. All other participants must pay the course
fee 7,200.00 DKK