Our research explores how environmental and nutritional experiences in early development affect physical and mental health outcomes in adulthood.
Our early life environment has a significant effect on our health in later life. Experiencing over-nutrition, stress or illness as an infant or young child can influence metabolic, cognitive and immune function in adulthood, possibly leading to lifelong health issues.
Our research explores these issues, with a focus on:
- The influence of early life nutrition on later physical and mental health.
- Epigenetic programming of sensitivity to stress and mood disorders.
- Childhood exposure to environmental contaminants and their effect on wellness and chronic disease.
- Factors affecting health outcomes in children with and without developmental delay and chronic illness.