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Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD): Consolidating Theory into Practice

Summer School

The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, the DOHaD Africa Chapter and other partners are hosting a Summer School in April 2020 at STIAS entitled Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: Consolidating Theory into Practice.

The focus of the Summer School is to build research capacity and a network of young scientists. The curriculum will be delivered by experts from around the world, and will cover topics such as:  developmental origins of health and disease theory; DOHaD epidemiology; DOHaD and cardiovascular disease; DOHaD  and diabetes; improving maternal health during pregnancy; the emerging role of the father in DOHaD risk; nutrition in early life; gender, poverty and DOHaD risk; optimising adolescent health, including addressing obesity; the importance of DOHaD for African research; DOHaD Africa Chapter; research gaps, study design and opportunities; public health policy and the SDGs.

Target participants are early career professionals in the field of health sciences i.e. MD/PhD level or postdoctoral fellows aged 40 years or below, who have a demonstrated research interest or with a background in DOHaD; be employed in a research institution or a university and who have identified a mentor at their present institution. Applicants with PhD or MD degree must have completed these within the past five years. Applicants with Masters degree must currently be registered for PhD and provide proof of this.

Funding from the AAS and STIAS is available to support young scientists from any African country (travel and accommodation) to attend the Summer School (arriving 19th April in Stellenbosch and departing on the afternoon of the 23rd of April, 2020). South African young scientists will be funded by DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand. There are a limited number of places and if you are interested please submit your application by 20th February 2020.

For more information please contact:
AAS contact person, Ms. Olivia Osula, [email protected] and STIAS contact person, Dr. Christoff Pauw, [email protected]


Nominations for all participants (including South Africans) must be made online on the AAS Ishango Online System. Please follow the instructions below.

Nominations must be received on or before 20th February 2020.  All below items to be confirmed by AAS as being relevant still

  1. Follow this link to get to the AAS Ishango Online System:
  2. Register as a new user if you have not used the system before. If you have used the system before please proceed to step iv.
  3. The system will email you a temporary password.
  4. Follow the link again to access the system
  5. Go to existing user and log in with your password (first time users will be requested to replace their temporary password with one of their choice).
  6. Once you log in go to new grant application and go to click here
  7. DOHaD: CONSOLIDATING THEORY INTO PRACTICE and click on apply to begin filling in the online form.
  8. Once you have provided al the required information, please validate and submit the form.

Date and time

Monday, 20 April 2020 —
Thursday, 23 April 2020



STIAS Mostertsdrift Manor House

19 Jonkershoek Road, Mostertsdrift

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