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DOHaD 2022 Themes

Conference Theme: Social and Environmental Disruptions in DOHaD: Successful Interventions for a Healthy Future


  1. Biological mechanisms mediating the influence of early environmental exposures on health and development
  2. DOHaD and the (pre-) pregnancy environment including paternal exposures 
  3. Climate Change and other natural challenges and their impact on development 
  1. DOHaD in First Nations and Aboriginal Populations
  2. DOHaD and Social Inequities (Marginalized populations, refugees, new immigrants)
  3. Interventions for optimizing child health and development 

DOHaD 2022 Program in Perspective

The 2022 World DOHaD Congress will be held in conjunction with the 12th Annual meeting of the Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN), a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE).

There are three components to the DOHaD2022 Congress program:

1. Integrated Satellites + click for more info

Currently, two integrated satellite meetings have been planned;
DOHaD in Animal Production and epigenetics, Quebec City, October 12,13 2021.
Intergenerational Aspects of Indigenous Women’s Health, Alberta or British Columbia (to be decided), August 24,25 2022.
Symposia relating to each of these satellites will be included within the main congress program.
We invite others to submit ideas/arrangements for other satellite meetings either before or after the World Congress

2. Pre-Congress Workshops + click for more info

The Trainee and Networking Committee (Chair Kozeta Miliku) is planning two pre-congress days (August 27, 28 2022) of workshops, informal discussion, networking, and a job fair. Topics for interactive workshops may include areas such as; DOHaD research in Indigenous communities; machine learning and Artificial Intelligence; ensuring Equity Diversity and Inclusiveness; grant/fellowship writing; implementation science; integrating research with the community; new and emerging technologies; metabolomics; interpreting clinical trials, their strengths, and weaknesses; promoting your research and working with media.
Opportunities for networking will include a job fair with industry and academic partners, speed networking, meet the Professor (connection corners), team building activities, a special trainee “evening out in Vancouver”, and a dedicated trainee lounge accessible throughout the Congress.
We invite trainees and early career investigators from around the globe to send ideas for topic areas that they would like to see included in this part of the program.

3. The World Congress + click for more info

The main Congress will be spread over 3 consecutive days (August 29,30 and 31, 2022) and held at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC). Each day will begin and end with keynote plenary lectures by renowned speakers from around the world. The topic areas will range from DOHaD and Indigenous Health to Brain Development and the Impact of Pandemics on Developmental Trajectories.
Each day will feature 4 plenary presentations judged by peer review to be the most meritorious based on submitted abstracts from trainees.
We welcome volunteers to assist in the review process of all abstracts (see below).

The Program and Executive Committee (PEC) has committed to providing 2 hours each day for poster viewing and informal discussion and interaction.

We welcome volunteers to act as poster reviewers and judges (see below).

The PEC is planning an extensive series of simultaneous symposia on a wide range of DOHaD related topics. Suggestions include; Infection, pandemics, and DOHaD; Microbiome; DOHaD and personalised public health; DOHaD and cancer; Placental transport in vulnerable populations; DOHaD and the Environment; Understanding Neurodevelopment and behaviour; Global aspects of DOHaD; Toxic stress; Mental health; Early Child Development; Lactation and DOHaD; Health Inequities and Social Justice; Putting DOHaD Research into my Clinical Practice; Managing Pain; DOHaD and the Immune System; Implementation and Sustainability.

We welcome your thoughts for symposia topics and speakers in any areas of DOHaD or KBHN related research.

 Please contact Janice Bailey or John Challis at or with your ideas and thoughts on any aspect of the workshops and main program and/or to volunteer as reviewers, judges and session chairs.