Lactational Programming Meeting 16-19 November 2020

On 16-19 November 2020 the Lactational Programming Meeting will take place, organized by the Developmental Psychobiology Lab.

Because of the increased risks related to formula feeding, the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding until six months of age, and continued breastfeeding until at least the age of 2 years. The beneficial and long-lasting consequences of lactation on human development are probably due to a large extent to the biological constituents present in human milk, but not in formula. Human breast milk is a complex food that, next to water and nutrients, contains thousands of essential molecules such as sugars, immune factors, and hormones. Breast milk also contains live bacteria that  have an important role in colonizing the infant intestines. Next to the effects on infant health, there is also evidence that these milk constituents impact child cognition and behavior. The intriguing hypothesis that biological constituents in breast milk shape offspring phenotype is known as Lactational Programming. Most of our knowledge on breast milk composition comes from animal studies, but the human field is awakening.

These days researchers from all over the world will come together in a hybrid meeting. The aim of this meeting is to join forces and bring together top researchers from different scientific disciplines in order to arrive new fundamental research insights and interdisciplinary collaborations in the field of Lactational Programming.

Summer School 2021
Early Programming: How Early Life Shapes Human Development

Please join our next edition of our 1-week summer school on Early Programming in 2021!

This highly interactive course looks into a broad range of exciting and recently discovered environmental factors and mechanisms that shape early and long-term human development, using psychological and biological perspectives. The program will consist of lectures, and a variety of individual and small group assignments and discussions. Topics include:
– Early life stress, including maternal stress during pregnancy and postnatal stress.
– Early caregiving environment, including attachment, feeding and sleeping arrangements, paternal care and non-parental care.
– Biological markers, including hormones, and telomere physiology.  
– Health, including intestinal microbiota.
– Early prevention and intervention, including in infants born preterm.

The course is aimed at master and PhD students of Psychology, Pedagogics, Biology, Medicine or related fields. Application opens in December 2020 and there are some discounts possibilities:
– 10% early bird discount for all applicants
– 25% discount early bird discount for: students and PhD candidates from partner universities and Radboud University / alumni of Radboud Summer School and Radboud University
– 15% discount for students and PhD candidates from partner universities and Radboud University who apply after the early bird deadline (1 March 2021)

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