Epigenesis & Epigenetics - Physiological consequences of perinatal nutritional programming

Nutritional conditions in early life may, through epigenetic and epigenesist processes, have profound effects on physiological functioning and health in later life. This course aims to provide a detailed scientific background on the mechanisms that may underlie these early-life effects, both at the physiological and gene expression level. The program combines knowledge on perinatal programming by nutritional factors in humans, laboratory and farm animals.

Target group

The course is aimed at postgraduates (MSc, PhD) with a background in animal, veterinary, biological, health, or food sciences and open for participants from both industry and universities/research centers. Participants are challenged to actively contribute to discussions, within the programme two sessions are devoted to this (6 short oral presentations on day 1 and 10 three-minute pitches on day 2).

Participants who wish to apply for a short oral presentation or a pitch should send an abstract to Dr. Wilma Steegenga before May 1st.

Programme topics

The following topics will be addressed:

  • Early life nutrition ( prenatal programming, nutrition during pregnancy)
  • Immune programming (imprinting, effects of the microbioom)
  • Epigenetics (DNA methylation, histone modifications, state of the art techniques)
  • Phenotypic plasticity (metabolic flexibility, dietary interventions, in humans and models species)