Identifying early life factors that influence and drive interventions that will promote long-term health and well-being
- The origins of childhood and adult diseases often begin in prenatal and early postnatal life.
Early exposure to adverse influences – social, economic, health, or environmental – can create health deficits that last a lifetime.
Inequalities in health and socio-emotional functioning emerge by age 3.
- Identify early life risk factors across four key drivers of health:
- Genes and Biology
- Physical Environment
- Health and Behavior Needs
- Social and Economic Factors
- Elucidate mechanisms underlying early effects on long-term health.
- Utilize Duke’s unique data resources to understand the effects of these factors on population health.
- Develop novel preventative, diagnostics, and therapeutic modalities to improve both individual and population health.
- Develop preventive strategies, diagnostics and early therapies to promote health in child and adult populations.
- Identify and mitigate early risk factors and life adverse events, and improve the health and well-being of children and society as a whole.
- Gain new insight into the factors that contribute to health and well-being.
- Develop novel preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic strategies for diseases that begin early in life.