In this seminar, Professor Tessa Roseboom will be discussing how evidence from biology, medicine and economics about the importance of the first 1,000 days of life can be translated into policy to create a climate in which children get the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
She will share her experience implementing and monitoring a national programme – led by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in Netherlands – aimed at helping children have a solid start to life.
Furthermore she will discuss how the impact of such programmes could be evaluated scientifically, and how she works with professional organisations and foundations towards building a societal movement aimed at improving public health from the very beginning.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Professor Tessa Roseboom
Professor of Early Development and Health
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tessa Roseboom is a Professor of Early Development and Health at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Fascinated by the wonder of life, she studied biology with a particular focus on reproduction. For the past 25 years, she has investigated how the early life environment affects human growth, development and health throughout life. Her studies in the Dutch famine birth cohort provided the first direct evidence in humans that maternal nutrition during gestation affected offspring’s and potentially grand-offspring’s health. The lessons learned about developmental plasticity translated into observational and experimental studies in current pregnancies in various settings.
In order to translate the knowledge from research into policy and practice, she works on the national and international level advocating for investments to a good start in life in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Ultimately, she aims to contribute to giving each child the best possible start in life to allow it to develop to its full potential in order to create a healthier more equal future for all.