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DOHaD – the challenge of translating the science to policy

  • M. A. Hanson (a1), L. Poston (a2) and P. D. Gluckman (a3)

Abstract

The DOHaD Society has passed its 10th birthday, so it seems an appropriate time to reflect on what has been achieved and the Society’s aspirations. At the 10th International Congress in Rotterdam in November 2017, Peter Gluckman (the Society’s first President) delivered a plenary lecture entitled ‘DOHaD – addressing the science-policy nexus: a reality check’; in opening the Congress, Mark Hanson (second, and outgoing President) not only highlighted the success of the Society but also the challenges it now faces in achieving impact for its work in the global health arena, that is beyond the research agenda; and in assuming the role of third President, Lucilla Poston highlighted the need for the Society to grasp opportunities to change healthcare policy, while persevering with basic research and well-planned intervention studies. In this review we summarize the points made in these three presentations and issue a call to action to the membership to take up the challenge of taking the Society’s work to the next level of translating science to policy.

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*Address correspondence: Mark Hanson, Professor, IDS Building, Mailpoint 887, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK. E-mail: m.hanson@soton.ac.uk

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