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Welcome from DOHaD 2022

Dear Colleagues

We are delighted to welcome you to the DOHaD World Congress 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from August 27 to August 31 (inclusive), 2022.

The theme for the main Congress is Social and Environmental Disruptions in DOHaD: Successful Interventions for a Healthy Future.

There will be sub-themes concerned with new aspects and mechanisms of DOHaD, pre-pregnancy and paternal influences, the impact of DOHaD on first nations, refugees and migrant populations and the impact of environment and climate change on DOHaD. We will apply this information to world-wide populations and to interventions that optimise childhood development and healthy life trajectories. We anticipate sessions on new topics as broad as DOHaD and cancer, DOHaD and immune responsiveness, DOHaD and Ageing, the built environment, developmental trajectories in domestic animals, the importance of maternal health, epigenetics, influencing policy and practice, working with government, and the economic impact of DOHaD. 

Key characteristics of the program will include high profile opportunities for trainees and early career investigators, a strong emphasis on implementation science and involvement of consumers and community organisations and application of DOHaD principles to populations; precision medicine on a population scale.

We are delighted to be partnering in the development of this program with Simon Fraser University BC, the Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN; a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence), the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, Edmonton, Alberta, the Fonds Recherche du Quebec and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

All this will take place in an ocean-side setting against a backdrop of mountains in one of the world’s safest and most liveable cities. Vancouver is easily accessible from around the globe. The Congress and integrated satellites will provide you with a feast of thought, science, and translation of knowledge. We will provide special times for interactions with colleagues from around the world, in a city that prides itself on its cultural diversity and harmony.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver for DOHaD2022.

Yours sincerely,


Spotlight on Leah Marie Dorion


 - The designer behind the DOHaD 2022 artwork

Leah Marie Dorion is a Metis artist currently living near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.  

Her artwork celebrates the strength and resilience of Indigenous women and families.  Leah is also a published children's book author.

Several of her books are available through Gabriel Dumont Press in Saskatoon and Strong Nations Publishing in Nanaimo.

Recently, Oscardo an online gift shop located in Toronto, began distributing products and fashions featuring her unique style of art works.

Visit for more information about her artistic practice.