The 2016 U21 HS Summer School aimed to demonstrate how the use of preventative interventions early in life can be a potent tool to fight chronic diseases later in life. For example, disorders such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic disturbances, osteoporosis, chronic obstructive lung disease, some forms of cancer and mental illnesses have been associated with unfavorable intrauterine and early life environments. U21 Health Science students were invited to learn what critical windows exist and what strategies can be implemented to improve the future health of individuals.
- To gain insight about the existence of early critical windows of intervention in life development.
- To learn strategies of intervention in early life health between disciplines of health sciences.
- To understand the impact and importance of organizations such as the International Society for Development of Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
- Chris George from the University of Queensland wrote some great reports about his participation to the Summer School in Chile:
- Sabrina Carter from the University of Nottingham wrote an article in Nursing Times about her experience: Globe-trotting and developing professionally as a nurse (March 2017). See article in PDF format.