Coming up: ICIS 2022

The SMILEY team likes to announce that we just started a new wave of data collection at 2 years. While we are still busy with collecting data at 8 months, the oldest SMILEY children just turned 2 and are invited for a new SMILEY wave. This round will be a bit different and will be entirely…

Coming up: ICIS 2022

This coming summer the International Congress of Infant Studies conference will take place in Ottawa, Canada. The conference theme is aimed at Developmental Cascades. In recent years, researchers have progressed their understanding of connections between behaviors, abilities and processes at multiple levels of analysis (biological, neural, behavioral, environmental, cultural), across different domains (motor, language, social,…

The GO Baby has started!

We are happy to announce that the GO Baby study has started recruiting. In the GO Baby study (Gewoontes in de Opvoeding van Baby’s) we investigate caregiving habits of mothers with young infants through a nation-wide online survey. Besides, we will invite 100 mothers for a lab visit, in which we assess how behaviors during…

We’re looking for a student assistant!

Research focus The Developmental Psychobiology Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Carolina de Weerth, investigates how early life – specifically pregnancy and the early postnatal years – influences development throughout the lifespan. Research in the DPB lab focuses on: the influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioral development, the development of the…

Symposium Beginnersgeluk was a big success!

On April 13th we organized the symposium Beginnersgeluk. After more than a year of preparation it was time for our live (!) Symposium Beginnersgeluk – een goede start voor kind en ouder. We organized this day full of interesting lectures about the first 1000 days in collaboration with VSV Samen Nijmegen. A good startGynaecologist Martine…

Interview UWV about parental leave

Carolina de Weerth was interviewed by the UWV (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen) about the expansion of parental leave in the Netherlands. She believes that there should be more initiatives to make parental leave more accessible for both parents and employers. It is important that employees can take longer parental leave when a baby is born. But employers…

Symposium Beginnersgeluk – Een goede start voor kind en ouder

Een goed begin is het halve werk, daar zijn wetenschap én praktijk het hartgrondig over eens. De periode vanaf de zwangerschap tot de leeftijd van twee jaar is cruciaal voor de ontwikkeling en latere gezondheidsuitkomsten van een kind. Daarom organiseren VSV Samen en het Baby & Child Research Center (voor het eerst samen!) een symposium…

Our review paper on lactocrine programming is out!

Our review paper ‘Human milk: From complex tailored nutrition to bioactive impact on child cognition and behavior’ has been published! Please find it here. We would like to thank the wonderful team of top researchers that contributed to this review, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for the Early Career Partership…

Gut-brain axis conference in Banff, Canada

From March 20th to 23rd, PhD student Yangwenshan Ou joined a conference about gut-brain axis in a breathtakingly beautiful small town called Banff in Alberta, Canada. In the conference, the most cutting-edge studies about popular and trending gut-brain relevant topics, such as neuropod cells, eating behavior, and microbiota’s roles, have been presented. Yangwenshan presented her…

Donders Poster Session

On 17 March the Donders Poster Session took place at the Maria Montessori building. This Donders Institute Event was the first major event after the pandemic period and more than 200 people attended the event! Our PhD-students Yvonne Willemsen and Henrik Eckermann presented their posters at the event. Henrik presented a completed project on the…