First 1000 Days: Trajectories to a Healthy Future
Thursday, 25 October 2018, 06:00 pm — Thursday, 25 October 2018, 07:00 pm
We are standing on the shoulders of giants – our understanding of the human body enables us to live longer than any previous generation. Our focus has now turned from improving the life-span to optimising the health-span.
The first 1000 days of life, from conception to two years of age, offers a unique period where it’s possible to set a course for lifelong health.
Professor Craig Pennell will discuss a new research programme, Newcastle 1000, aiming to overcome the rising global burden of non-communicable diseases – such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, allergies, poor mental health and cancer – through a healthy start to life.
About the Speaker
Professor Pennell is the University of Newcastle’s Chair in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine. As a clinical academic, he combines his work as a subspecialist in maternal-fetal medicine at the John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, and as a principal researcher at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).
Professor Pennell has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence and is recognised as a leading authority in obstetrics, gynaecology and maternal-foetal medicine.
Having held a number of clinical and academic roles in NSW, WA, SA and Canada for more than 15 years, Professor Pennell leads a large portfolio of research projects looking at personalised, precise and preventative medicine, including the developmental origins of health and disease, and preterm birth prediction and prevention.
Professor Pennell is Chair of the Red Nose National Scientific Advisory Group, which reviews and recommends research development, research initiatives and educational campaigns.