The PR & Media Services team organized a lecture entitled “Trans-Generational Studies of the Development of Chronic Disease in Kuwait”, given by Douglas W. Dockery, ScD, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Chair, Department of Environmental Health Harvard School of Public Health. The lecture took place on Monday, 13th December 2010 at 2:30 pm, In the Auditorium at Dasman Diabetes Institute.

The PR & Media Services team organized a lecture entitled “Trans-Generational Studies of the Development of Chronic Disease in Kuwait”, given by Douglas W. Dockery, ScD, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Chair, Department of Environmental Health Harvard School of Public Health. The lecture took place on Monday, 13th December 2010 at 2:30 pm, In the Auditorium at Dasman Diabetes Institute.

 

In this talk, Dr. Dockery spoke about the following: “Kuwait like many other parts of the world, is experiencing a rise in many complex chronic diseases, e.g., obesity, diabetes, asthma, neuro-developmental disorders, and cardiovascular disease.  Although these disorders have disparate vulnerability factors and natural histories (e.g., many do not manifest until adulthood), they are alike in that they are thought to have their roots very early in development, including the prenatal period.  In previous studies, we have assessed the health of a nationally representative sample of three generations of Kuwaiti nationals.  This accelerated cohort design allowed us to quantity the prevalence of chronic disease within specific age groups, and also to examine trends in the burden of these disorders as the population ages.  We are now establishing a longitudinal prospective pregnancy cohort to examine the influence of ongoing environmental influences (including physical, chemical and psychosocial factors) in Kuwait on early life programming of chronic disease risk”.  This lecture was attended by many personalities from the health sector in Kuwait.  The lecture was followed by presentation of certificates of attendance with CME credits.