A Critical Period? Fetal Exposures and Adult Health
Life course epidemiology is the study of long-term effects on later health or disease risk of physical or social exposures during gestation, childhood, or early adult life. While this concept has been at the core of epidemiology since its inception, advancements in statistical methods and the availability of data collected from long-standing cohort studies offer epidemiologists a new toolbox to address life course questions. The term life course is frequently used with disregard to the growing body of literature aimed at formalizing conceptual models and methodologic approaches. This symposium will provide attendees with a brief background on the foundational basics of life course epidemiology, knowledge of advancements in statistical methods, and examples of life course epidemiology applications in the ALSPAC cohort (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children) and Upstate KIDS. The target audience would be epidemiologists; reproductive, perinatal, and chronic disease.
Abigal Fraser, University of Bristol
Edwina Yeung, NICHD and DIPHR
Pam Factor-Litvak, Columbia University