The objective of the ORCHAD team is to study the early life determinants of child development and health with particular focuses on early factors (including growth, nutrition and other lifestyle factors) implicated 1) in the development of obesity and cardiometabolic abnormalities and 2) in other aspects of the child’s health and development, such as sleep, cognition and behaviour. Our ultimate aim is to show that ensuring the conditions of a nurturing and healthy early start in life for all has great potential to reach one major goal of the National Strategy for Health: prioritizing prevention rather than care of chronic diseases.
Our team is the first French group of epidemiologists with a research program entirely devoted to the developmental origin of health and diseases (DOHaD). We have played a pioneering role in the development of this research field in France and have leading positions in the coordination of two French birth cohorts, EDEN (regional: www.eden.vjf.inserm.fr) and Elfe (national: www.elfe-france.fr).
Few examples of our recent results on:
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