Researcher Who Linked Fetal Nutrition to Adult Disease Honored by March of Dimes
30th Anniversary of Agnes Higgins Award Recognizes David Barker, MD, PhD, FRS
Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes, recognized the 30th anniversary of the award and presented it to David Barker, MD, PhD, FRS, physician and professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and professor in the Department of Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, during the American Public Health Association meeting held at the Colorado Convention Center today.
«Dr. Barker proved what Agnes Higgins believed — good nutrition before birth is critical for a healthy life,» said Dr. Howse. «The March of Dimes is honored to recognize Dr. Barker’s efforts toward our goal of giving more babies a healthy start in life.»
More than 20 years ago, Dr. Barker showed for the first time that people who had low birthweight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease. In 1995, his theory was dubbed the «Barker Hypothesis» by the British Medical Journal and has become a guiding principle for prenatal care.
Dr. Barker’s work built on the foundation laid by Agnes Higgins of
«I am proud to receive this award in honor of Agnes Higgins. My research extends her work to improve the health and nutrition of babies in the womb,» said Dr. Barker. «It’s what a mother eats throughout her entire lifetime that is important; not just what she eats during pregnancy.
Dr. Barker began his work by exploring why historically poorer areas of
For his work on fetal programming Dr. Barker was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. He lectures on maternal-fetal nutrition around the world. His research is widely accepted and has paved the way for further research into the link between maternal-fetal nutrition and chronic diseases later in life such as diabetes, obesity and certain cancers. Dr. Barker received his doctorate from the
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
SOURCE March of Dimes