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8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD 2013)

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Title: 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD 2013)
Specialty: , Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dates: From Nov, 17, 2013 to Nov, 20, 2013
Location: Singapore, SINGAPORE
Type: Congress
Registration Cost: From 100 to 950 USD
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the DOHaD 2013 Organising Committee, it is our pleasure and privilege to announce that the 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Diseases will be held on 17 – 20 November 2013 in Singapore.

Themed “From Science to Policy and Action”, the conference will attract researchers, academia, policy makers and health care providers worldwide to converge and present the latest science and developments on basic, clinical, public health and programmatic research into early-life and developmental origins of health and diseases. The plenary sessions will cover the full spectrum of topics from our multidisciplinary field, ranging from epigenetics to economics. The programme will also include a series of satellite symposias, workshops, special programmes for students and emerging researchers, as well as number of panel discussions to deal with some controversial areas. We believe that the current  programme will give far greater focus on demonstrating how science can impact  policy and action than in previous years.   

With a growing awareness of the implications of maternal well-being on long term health, there is a growing impetus to focus on a life-course approach to address the burden of non-communicable diseases. We are hopeful that this congress will aid public policy makers to develop interventional approaches to address the proliferation of non-communicable diseases, in both the developed and developing world.

In addition to an exciting programme line-up, you will have the chance to explore Singapore; a thriving cosmopolitan city that's brimming with diversity, as well as a multiplicity of culture, language, arts and architecture. Bursting with unbridled energy and exciting events, the city-state will offer countless unique experiences that will make this conference truly unforgettable. 

We look forward to your participation and see you in Singapore! 




Associate Professor Chong Yap Seng
DOHaD 2013 Congress Chair
Senior Consultant
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore 
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
DOHaD 2013 Programme Committee Chair
Founding Director, Liggins Institute
New Zealand Chief Science Advisor
Office of the Prime Minister, New Zealand
Programme Director, Growth, Development and Metabolism, SICS, A*Star



Allan Sheppard Jerry Heindel Julie Owens
Caroline Fall John Newnham Richard Saffery

Plenary Speaker

Caroline Fall Linda Birnbaum Richard Horton
Chong Yap Seng Regine Steegers Ronald Ma
Deborah Sloboda Ruby Pawankar Shane Norris
Jere Behrman Marco Del Giudice Susan Bagby
Jonathan Seckl Mark Hanson Sue Ozanne
John Newnham Michael Ross Terrence Forrester
Joseph Nadeau Michael Meaney  
Keith M Godfrey Pauline Tay - Straughan  


Alan Jackson Jane Harding John Newman
CS Yajnik Johan Eriksson Peter Nathanielsz
Debbie Lawlor John Challis  

Parallel Session

Andreas Plagemann Hazel Inskip Mya Thway Tint
Alina Rodriquez Howard Bauchner Neal Halfon
Anne Rifkin Jacquie Bay Patrick M Catalano
Berthold Koletzko Jere Behrman Regine Steegers
Chieh Jason Chou Jerrold Heindel Richard Horton
Chong Yap Seng Jonathan Seckl Rohan Lewis
Cristina Campoy Leslie Myatt Shane Norris
Claudine Junien Linda Richter Sian Robinson
Cyrus Cooper Ling Zheng Susan Morton
Deborah Sloboda Lucilla Poston Susan Prescott
Elena Zambrano Lynette Shek Tobias Uller
Elise Donovan Mariana Veras Tessa Roseboom
Gabriella Conti Mark H Vickers Yang Huxia
GR Chandak Matthew Gillman Yechiel Friedlander
Hamish Spencer Michael Ross  


Charlotte Ersboll Howard Bauchner Richard Horton
Caroline Law John Funder Sir Peter Gluckman
Chris Wilson John Newnham  
Craig Rubens Mark Hanson  
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Submission Info

The 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, organised by DOHaD Society, invites fellow colleagues to submit abstracts for the conference in Singapore on the 17 — 20 November 2013.

Only those abstracts that have been reviewed and selected by the Abstract Review Committee may be presented.  Abstract submission will only be accepted electronically through the abstract submission portal, paper abstracts will not be accepted.

The abstract submission deadline is 07 June 2013: 2359 hours (Singapore time)No abstract will be considered after the closing date. We look forward to receiving abstracts in any of the following areas:

Topics Title
  • Epigenetics
  • Placental factors and DOHaD
  • Epigenetic and genetic epidemiology
  • Delivery, lactation and weaning - role in DOHaD
  • Animal models of programming
  • Intergenerational factors and inheritance
  • Reversibility of programming
  • Paternal factors
  • Programming of appetite and exercise
  • Interventional studies - clinical
  • Programming of metabolism
  • Microbiome
  • Programming of body composition
  • Severe famine and undernutrition
  • Programming of immune function, allergy and inflammation
  • Toxicology and environmental pollutants
  • Programming of behaviour and cognition
  • Agricultural applications
  • Programming of reproductive function
  • Evolutionary and theoretical perspectives
  • Programming of aging
  • Broader life course perspectives
  • Cardiovascular programming
  • Life course economics
  • Cancer
  • Ethnic and cultural variation
  • Mental health disorders and programming
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Maternal mood, behaviour and stress
  • Longitudinal and cohort studies
  • Maternal nutrition and body composition
  • DOHaD and public health
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Health and nutritional literacy
  • Pre and periconceptual period
  • Communicating science and DOHaD
  • Early embryo and IVF
  • Public private sector interactions
  • Fetal physiology
Editorial Guidelines for Presented Content:

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

All abstracts must be submitted online through the abstract portal.

  • Abstracts must be prepared in English only
  • Abstracts sent by fax or post will not be accepted
  • The text should not exceed 3,600 characters

Authors who submit an abstract of a paper confirm that they have not previously published these data, that they have not previously presented them at a large national scientific meeting, and that they are not planning to present or publish them prior to the dates of the 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD 2013).

If an abstract is accepted or published in Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease prior to the meeting, it will be acknowledged at the meeting with recognition of "Newly Published Abstract".  Please note below if you are planning to submit a paper containing material from this abstract to Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

The Abstract Review Committee will evaluate the scientific quality of the submitted abstract on the basis of the following criteria: novelty of the research, significance of the findings, and clarity.

Authors submitting abstracts for presentation at this conference should consider the followings: 

Abstracts must describe in a succinct manner the purposes and results of the research so that the quality, originality and comprehensiveness of the work can be evaluated by the Abstract Review Committee. Each abstract should contain:

  1. Background (indicate the purpose of the study or hypothesis that was tested)
  2. Methods (include the setting for the study, the subjects, and the type of statistical analysis; if references are needed, they should be given in the text)
  3. Results (present as clearly as possible the outcome of the study and statistical significance if appropriate)
  4. Conclusion (briefly discuss the data and emphasise the significance of the results)

Titles should be indicative of the content of the abstract. All words necessary to identify the subject matter should be included in the title to facilitate electronic retrieval (if applicable). Avoid nonstandard abbreviations in abstract titles.

Abbreviations may be used in the body of an abstract if they are defined at their first mention in the text.

The combined length of the abstract body should not exceed 3,600 characters. The online submission module will not accept abstracts that exceed this word limit.

The accuracy of the submitted abstract is the responsibility of the authors. Every effort will be made to publish the abstract exactly as submitted. Authors should prepare and proofread their abstracts carefully prior to submission. Errors made on your submitted abstract are likely to appear in print.

Authors are strongly encouraged to print a hard copy of their abstract for their records before submitting.

All PRESENTERS must register to attend the 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD 2013) and presenters will not be given a poster number or an oral presentation slot until full payment is received for their registration. 

If an abstract is accepted and the PRESENTER does not register, the abstract may be withdrawn. By submitting an abstract, the submitting author authorises the abstract to be published by DOHaD 2013 in the means it deem fit.

After the abstracts have been submitted, a confirmation of receipt will be sent via e-mail to the ABSTRACT SUBMITTER only. Once an abstract has been submitted, it may be withdrawn or edited only till the abstract submission deadline.


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The DOHaD 2013 – 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease is the ideal platform to help you expand your networks and profile your brand to some of the industry’s most influential decision-makers. Sponsorship puts you one step ahead of your competition, providing truly global brand presence and offering you direct access to the key movers and shakers in the maternal and infant health industry. 


  • Gain direct access to senior decision-makers in the field of early life nutrition, health, interventions, preventive medicine, and its public policy makers
  • Align your organisation with the world’s leading and best attended event in the industry calendar
  • Exhibit your products and services in an interactive environment and demonstrate hands-on solutions to many potential clients in one space
  • Potential speaking opportunities during the satellite, breakfast, lunch and evening sessions

We welcome any relevant industry partners to participate in the sponsorship and exhibition of DOHaD 2013. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested to know more details. 

DOHaD 2013 Congress Secretariat 

Email          :
Tel               : +65 6411 6692
Fax             : +65 6496 5599

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DOHaD 2013 Congress Secretariat 

Email              :
Tel                   : +65 6411 6692
Fax                 : +65 6496 5599


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