And it’s a wrap! Great way to sign off a fabulous congress with plenty more food for thought thanks to some wonderful speakers. We started the day with a really interesting symposia on Early Life Origins of Mental Health and Well Being, chaired by our very own Prof. Mary Barker with co-chair Sofia Strommer. Presentations covered research that included Craig Olsson from Deakin University highlighting the need for further early life course monitoring and Kimberly Thomson from the University of British Columbia highlighting the need for more research into paternal links.
Well what a congress that was! Reflecting on a fabulous #DOHaD2019 and the amazing work we have seen and people we have met. Visit our blog for a run down of our last day in #Melbourne https://t.co/qfyjXnmkFh
Plenty of memories to take home with us, here are just a few… pic.twitter.com/KIG7ozJuCw
— LifeLab (@LifelabSoton) October 23, 2019
It was a day of presentations and posters today @DOHaD2019. Sadly, our fabulous Early LifeLab lead
Dr Hannah Davey was poorly so could not take to the stage to give her presentation on the module of LifeLab that is aimed at the primary phase. So off the subs’ bench came Dr Kathryn Woods-Townsend to stand in as a very able replacement.
We got a great response on social media for the presentation which included a video featuring Hannah, so she did get to make an appearance on stage of sorts – we wish her a speedy recovery!
Day three was also full of more presentations and posters. There were plenty of studies and research to soak up including a really interesting challenge to delegates to consider investigating paternal factors in lifelong health, asking whether all the DOHaD research on maternal factors (over 140 papers in 2019) could be contributing to ‘mother blame game’. Lucy Green based at the Institute of Developmental Sciences at Southampton talked about how the UK government has started to take notice of public opinion – in the form of Boaty McBoatface (and Brexit) – and how the ‘Greta factor’ has inspired the young voice to be heard and how we might capitalise on that.
We also has our own posters to showcase, outlining our own impact through our projects in Southampton – including the Young Health Champions, for which we were recently named a Centre of Excellence by the Royal Society for Public Health.
You can see how proud we are of our work.
You can find out more about our posters by visit the link below.
Another full on day down under with plenty of inspiring people to hear from and engage with. Highlight for us was the panel session where we heard from a range of speakers all of whom struck a huge chord with the work we are doing at LifeLab; investing in young people, putting them at the centre of our work, not making decisions for them but with them and trusting that they can be the agents for change that the world needs.
We posted some of our best quotes on Twitter…
Incredibly inspiring second day @DOHaD2019 Great talks and panel session which reaffirmed the work we believe in – putting young people at the heart of everything we do. Here are some of our favourite sound bites from today… pic.twitter.com/FH6t1N6ydu
— LifeLab (@LifelabSoton) October 21, 2019
Our first day at DOHaD2019 and we were straight into it! Successful workshops discussing DOHaD partnerships and knowledge translation with colleagues including Jacquie Bay from LEN Science. The afternoon was more showcasing of the fabulous work that happens in Southampton with both Dr Wendy Lawrence and Prof. Mary Barker from the University of Southampton talking about their healthy conversations work.
The day also saw presentations from our very own Dr Kathryn Woods-Townsend and Prof Mark Hanson – and that was all before the official opening ceremony! We are worn out but already looking forward to more of the same tomorrow. Catch all the highlights from today on our Twitter…..
Fantastic first day at #DOHaD2019 catching up with @LENScience colleagues, showcasing projects making a difference in #Southampton, workshops with @BarkerSoton and @DrWendy13 – it’s been non-stop… bring on Day 2! pic.twitter.com/akpC8WQXCw
— LifeLab (@LifelabSoton) October 20, 2019