Seminar/Event Detail

2011-12 Public Health OPHS Colloquium Series: Primal Health Research in the Age of Epigenetics

Date/Time: 19 January 2012, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Speaker: Michel Odent, MD
Speaker Affiliation: Founder, Primal Health Research Centre, London U.K.
Venue: Biomedical Sciences Building Rm. D-207, UH Manoa Campus
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Description: Primal Health Research is an emerging branch of epidemiology & includes
studies exploring correlations between what happens during the primal
period and what happens later on in terms of health and personality
traits. The primal period includes fetal life, perinatal period and the
year following birth. With the advent of epigenetics - as another
emerging discipline - many correlations detected through the primal
health research perspective can be interpreted in a new way. The
database appears also as a tool to provide indications regarding
critical periods for genes-environment interaction during the primal
period, where specific pathological conditions and personality traits
are concerned. Since the possible transmission of epigenetic markers to
the following generations has been demonstrated, we found new reasons to
include in the database studies about transgenerational effects of
events during the primal period. Today, one cannot ignore the
transgenerational effects. Understanding how acquired traits can be
transmitted to the following generation is a new step in the history of

Michel Odent has been in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity
unit at the Pithiviers (France) state hospital (1962-1985) and is the
founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). He introduced in
the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in
maternity hospitals. He is the author of the first article in the
medical literature about the use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983), of the
first article about the initiation of lactation during the hour
following birth, and of the first article applying the ‘Gate Control
Theory of Pain’ to obstetrics. Odent is the author of 12 books published
in 22 languages & co-author of five academic books, as well as
author/co-author of 92 articles.

This event was broadcast live and recorded using Blackboard Collaborate. Technical support was provided by the RMATRIX Biomedical Informatics Key Function.

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