Brain, Biome & Behaviour Change - The first 1,000 days & life long health

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University of Auckland, Tamaki Campus

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Auckland, Auckland 1072

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Explore the developmental origins of health and disease and how you can empower your patients to make positive behavior change.

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The Healthy Start team are delighted to offer a new one-day seminar for health practitioners to explore the developmental origins of health and disease and support you to empower your patients to make positive behaviour change.

Register now for this exciting one day seminar and learn more about:

• How the path for chronic lifestyle disease is laid down in early life, the first 1,000 days.

• The role of the gut microbiome in life course health. A vast community of trillions of bacteria inhabit your gastro- intestinal tract and have a major influence on your metabolism, immunity, mood and more.

• The science of behaviour change to support you in your role as an agent of change.

Healthy Start Workforce training brings you a range of renowned speakers and practitioners from the University of Auckland, to share their expert knowledge on brain, biome and behaviour change.

The Expert Speakers -

Dr Jacquie Bay, is the founding Director of LENScience, an innovative Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) knowledge translation programme that facilitates school-science partnerships. Professor Bay has a PhD in Health Sciences and a MEd (Hons) in Science Education, is a Principal Investigator at the Liggins Institute and leads DOHaD knowledge translation research with an emphasis on adolescent populations. She is a past president of the Biology Educators' Association of New Zealand and a recipient of the NZASE Peter Spratt Medal for sustained contribution to science education in New Zealand.

Professor Wayne Cutfield, Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology, Liggins Institute, the University of Auckland. Prof Cutfield leads clinical research examining the impact of environmental influences in early life on childhood growth and development. He is also Director of the National Science Challenge: A Better Start - a cross-institution research programme looking at better ways to predict, prevent and treat obesity, learning and mental health problems in children and teenagers.

Professor Cutfield's talk: The Microbiome and Us - This talk will explore the critical role our gut plays in our overall health, immunity, through to weight management. Understanding this role is vital in the management of lifestyle disease.

Professor Mark Vickers, Associate Director–Academic, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. Prof Vickers has a primary interest is in the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), with a particular focus on the association between poor maternal nutrition and the development of obesity and cardio-metabolic disorders in offspring in later life.

Professor Vickers will cover the latest evidence linking early life nutritional adversity, to later life health outcomes in offspring. It will draw on work from pre-clinical models and also examine possible avenues for intervention to reverse such "developmental programming".

Dr Clare Wall, is the Head of the Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Auckland and a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. After qualifying as a dietitian in the UK in 1984, she specialised in paediatric dietetics, working in both the UK and Australia. Dr Wall is an active member of the nutrition community in New Zealand and serves on a number of national review panels and committees in the infant and childhood nutrition area. Clare's main research focus is the interrelationship between the determinants of nutritional status and health outcomes in the paediatric population. She is currently a collaborator on a number of research projects in pregnancy and early life and is the Principal Investigator on a National Science Challenge funded project exploring the effect of prebiotic complimentary foods on the microbiome composition in infants.

Dr Wall's talk : Does my baby need probiotics?

This presentation will explore how diet in early life influences the development of the microbiome and if differences in the microbiome structure and function affect health outcomes. The presentation will also discuss how we can support parents/caregivers decision making around the use of pre and probiotics.

Dr Anna Serlachius, Health psychologist whose focuses include, self-management interventions; mental health interventions; research in diabetes, obesity and gout; social support and health; positive psychology.

Dr Serlachius will explore some of the key myths of behavior change and the skills required for health professionals to better support patients with long-term conditions. This presentation will also cover some of the key concepts related to client centered techniques.

Professor Chris Bullen, primary area of research expertise is in tobacco control, in particular, intervention-focused research on how to help more people who smoke to quit for good. Co-director of a programme of strategic and innovative tobacco control research (the NZ Tobacco Control Turanga) that is aiming to inform dramatic reductions in tobacco use prevalence in New Zealand.

Special interest in the association of tobacco smoking with both non-communicable and communicable diseases (such as TB), and the inclusion of tobacco control in health professional training (both at the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula levels).

Miss Jessica McCormack, Research Assistant at the National Institute of Health Innovation (NIHI) and is a Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy - Psychology Faculty of Science at University of Auckland.

Dr Bullen will be joined by Jessica McCormack, their talk will present the latest scientific evidence around alcohol and smoking in pregnancy and the lifelong effects of exposure to toxicants during pregnancy on the brain and development. Their talk will also discuss strategies for supporting women to reduce risks and change behaviour, including the potential of vaping as a smoking cessation strategy.

If you haven’t already completed our Healthy Conversation Skills training, this is offered the next day, 9th October at no further charge. Registration for this training is essential via a separate site: Healthy Conversations Skills Workshop

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