Healthy Start to Life Network
“Healthy Start for a Healthy Life”
The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) is quickly emerging as a major new research focus in basic and clinical medicine. DOHaD research focuses on the early origins of adult health and disease, since many diseases can be traced back to our embryonic, fetal and early childhood development. In other words, early events can program our health when we reach adulthood.
Monash University has a large community of researchers from diverse fields dedicated to this type of research and has major research strengths in developmental and fetal research, child cognition and behaviour. The research scope is very broad attracting professionals and researchers from commerce, arts and education, medicine, basic science and engineering. The result is an integrated network, consolidated under one platform.
The Healthy Start to Life Network fosters an all-inclusive research environment, stimulating broad collaborative ties. This will lead to cutting edge discoveries, innovative technology in all aspects of prenatal development and early postnatal life. The Healthy Start to Life Network seeks to identify and support this diversity through its organised programs and activities.
The Monash University Healthy Start to Life Network operates within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and includes more than 250 basic scientists and clinicians.
Dr Alex Veldman, a neonatologist at Monash Newborn and member of the Healthy Start to Life steering committee, recently saved an infant girl from a disease which had previously been considered fatal and untreatable. Catalyst report on the ABC (external link).