APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Physiological Consequences of Obesity During Pregnancy for Mother and Child

Symposium — Tuesday, April 5, 2022 — 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM — Convention Center, Room 203A
The Physiological Society and APS — Chair: Dino Giussani

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the developed and developing world. It affects men, women and children and is associated with poor physical, mental and physiological health so represents one of the biggest health care challenges of the 21st century. Of particular concern is the observation that in many countries, such as the UK, over half of women are either obese or overweight during pregnancy. It is known that obesity during pregnancy not only has detrimental effects on the mother, but also her children, including increasing risk of cardio-metabolic disease. This therefore propagates adverse health risks to the next generation through mechanisms which are thought to be epigenetic in nature. It is therefore critical that we break this cycle - to do so requires an understanding of the underlying physiological, cellular and molecular mechanisms that ultimately allow the design of rationale intervention strategies. This symposium will address this critically important issue.


  • Introduction
    Dino Giussani — Physiology, University of Cambridge
    1:30 PM - 1:35 PM

  • Close
    Dino Giussani — Physiology, University of Cambridge
    2:55 PM - 3:00 PM

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