Peter Nathanielsz

Dr. Peter Nathanielsz books Life in the womb: the origin of health and disease and Life before birth have been translated into 12 languages. They were written to inform the general, non-specialist reader about fetal development and developmental programming. He was interviewed about his book by Katie Couric on the Today show and on Fresh Air, the Diane Rehm Show, and other national media outlets. He has talked to high school groups in the USA, Canada, Holland, England, Australia, and New Zealand and has been invited to address such groups as The National Association of Biology Teachers, Planned Parenthood, and the National Association of Midwives. Dr. Nathanielsz’ research group was instrumental in showing that the signals to start labor and delivery come from the fetal brain. This observation was featured in Science and in many publications such as Newsweek, The Economist, and the New York Times. In addition, this research group has shown that a poor intrauterine environment results in an increased predisposition to obesity and diabetes in the offspring and this is even transferred from daughters to granddaughters across the generations.

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