The Power of Programming – International Conference on Developmental Origins of Adiposity and Long-Term Health” provides a forum for physicians, scientists and researchers from a variety of sectors of the early nutrition community to come together and discuss the latest research into early metabolic and nutritional programming of adiposity and long-term health effects.

The conference program features presentations from outstanding leaders in the fields of: nutrition, epidemiology, epigenetics, metabolomics and more. The conference will be enriched by a variety of session formats – plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions as well as workshops and breakfast symposia.  Exciting additions to the programme are the “Meet the Professors – Career Building sessions as well as a dedicated New Investigators Forum – come and see what the future of research looks like! There will be unique opportunities for trans-disciplinary interactions – an essential element in making progress towards better health outcomes for future generations.

Power of Programming - Final Programme and Abstract booklet


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On Thursday 13th March at 10.00 am Prof. Berthold Koletzko, Coordinator of Project EarlyNutrition, will open the conference followed by a Welcome Address from Dr. Patrik Kolar of the European Commission and Melanie Huml Bavarian Minister of Health.


The Program includes four major Plenary Sessions that are intended to cover the latest scientific findings on relevant topics of interest to a wide spectrum of Early Nutrition investigators. Each Plenary Session will be one hour in length and will feature an expert from various fields and ample time for discussion. The sessions will focus on cohort studies, epigenetics, epidemiology and intervention studies.


Eighteen Parallel Sessions on a variety of Early Nutrition topics will be held throughout the conference. The sessions are organized into four categories: Prevention and Intervention, Epidemiology, Mechanisms and Economics and Public Health Impact / Consumer Attitudes and Recommendations. Each session is 95 minutes long with three talks from invited speakers and a further two presentations chosen from submitted abstracts. See the ‘Power of Programming’ Link below for a complete overview of each session.


Following the success of 2010 we are pleased to once again a dedicated New Investigators Forum. We are also delighted to be hosting an iFamily Symposium, a Data Capture System Workshop by our EarlyNutrition partner MedSciNet and a workshop on the new EU Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020.  All workshops and symposia are 65 minutes duration.


This session offers new investigators the opportunity to discuss research ideas, approaches and career development. The sessions are 60 minutes and organised as an open forum discussion in a small, roundtable setting. Each session will be available to 10-15 persons. Participation will be by prior registration, on a first come, first served basis.



I  Prevention and Intervention

Glycaemic load in pregnancy – opportunities for prevention?
Increased gestational weight gain vs. pre-pregnancy weight
as risk factors for childhood adiposity
Opportunities for obesity prevention
The role of infant feeding
Unpacking complexity in etiology and implementation of interventions
Building an Electronic Data Capture system for a clinical trial
Physical Activity in Pregnancy 

II Epidemiology

Insights from the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes
(GUSTO) cohort study
Early Child Growth Trajectories as a Predictor of Childhood Obesity
The role of paternal factors in determining offspring outcome
The influence of stress and stress-nutrition interactions during pregnancy
on offspring adiposity
Breast feeding and breast milk components - what is important for short and long term development?

III  Mechanisms

Mechanistic insights from animal studies
Does the placental function contribute to fetal and childhood adiposity?
Epigenetics, diet and metabolic programming
The role of endocrine regulation (including Letin / IGFs) of fetal and postnatal
Metabolic predictors of maternal and childhood obesity
The toxic environment and perinatal programming of obesity and dysmetabolism
First trimester fetal programming of cardio-metabolic disease

IV  Economics and Public Health Impact / Consumer Attitudes and

The double burden of obesity and stunting in low- and middle-income countries in
relation to metabolic programming 
Recommendations for practice
The contribution of public private collaboration (PPC) to translational research


For a complete overview of the Conference Programme as well as the specific sessions, topics and speakers covered in the conference please click on the ‘Power of Programming’ link below.We hope to see you there!



Power of Programming - Final Programme




15 CME credits by the German Medical Assoc.
14 CME credits by the UEMS