15092 Milwaukee Academy of Medicine - Life Course Theory and Environmental Epigenetics: The Hope of Prevention May 19, 2015
Life Course Theory and Environmental Epigenetics: The Hope for Prevention
Early life events predict later life health. Though the original studies establishing this paradigm focused upon early life events apparently distant to Southeast Wisconsin, thoughtful study of recent literature reveals that this paradigm affects the practice of physicians throughout greater Milwaukee. A conceptualization of this paradigm exists within “Life Course Theory”, which states the individual and population health results from an accumulation of ancestral environmental exposures and individual experiences. A relevant molecular mechanism through which to understand the biology of “Life Course Theory” exists in field of environmental epigenetics. Epigenetics determines the genes our cells expression. In our discussion on “Life Course Theory” and Environmental Epigenetics, we will 1) review “Life Course Theory” clinical contexts relevant to our region; 2) provide a primer on Environmental Epigenetics; and 3) and review the most recent data coming from the Developmental Origins Laboratories at the Children’s Research Institute and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Physicians of all medical specialties.
At the conclusion of this activity, I will be able to:
- Identify potential childhood environmental experience that place adult health at risk
- Explain the difference between environmental epigenetics and developmental epigenetics
- Counsel parents upon health risks associated with prematurity by former NICU graduates
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.