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Developmental Metabolism and the Origins of Health and Disease

Organisers: Sally Dunwoodie and Alex Gould

Date: 24 - 27 October 2022

Location: Buxted Park, East Sussex, UK

Metabolism is central to the functions of all cells and its importance in the field of cancer has been clear for many years. Much more recently, developmental biologists have begun to appreciate how metabolism intersects with the processes of growth, patterning and differentiation. The developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) is one clinically relevant field of developmental biology where many of the mechanistic links between early-life environmental factors, such as nutrition, and adult physiology remain unclear. Recent advances in developmental metabolism and sophisticated new metabolomics techniques now offer a promising route towards identifying these missing links.

This Workshop brings together a multidisciplinary group of developmental biologists, experts in nutrition and metabolism, and researchers interested in DOHaD. The invited speakers include clinical researchers as well as scientists covering a range of invertebrate and vertebrate models.

The program includes presentations and discussions on four intersecting themes:

  • Nutrition and metabolism
  • Metabolism of development
  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Metabolism in disease

The Workshop provides a small, friendly and focused setting in which to develop new ideas bridging these four themes. Our goal is to inspire new cross-disciplinary research directions aimed at discovering the mechanistic links between early-life metabolism and adult disease.

About Buxted Park

The Workshop will be held at the beautiful Buxted Park in East Sussex which dates back to the 12th century. The current house was built in 1722 by Sir Thomas Medley and is an elegant Grade II Palladian mansion set in 312 acres of parkland. Over the years it has played host to a number of high profile visitors including William Wordsworth, Winston Churchill, and George V and Queen Mary. Whilst it was a health hydro in the 1960s Gregory Peck, Dudley Moore and Marlon Brando were regular visitors.

Buxted Park is less than 25 miles from Gatwick Airport and 60 miles from Heathrow Airport. There are direct trains taking 1 hour 10 minutes from London Bridge to the village of Buxted which is only a mile away from the hotel.

Buxted Park Hotel
Station Road
Buxted
East Sussex
TN22 4AY
Tel: +44 (0) 1825 733333

www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/buxtedpark 

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