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Prof Mark Hanson

MA DPhil PGCE FRCOG (hon) FRCPCH (hon)

Emeritus Professor of Human Development and Health, Emeritus British Heart Foundation, University of Southampton

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Mark Hanson is a founder and past-President of the International DOHaD Society. He co-Chaired the FIGO Pregnancy and NCDs Committee and the Science and Evidence Working Group for the WHO Ending Childhood Obesity Commission. 

He chairs the Knowledge and Evidence Working Group of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (hosted by WHO). He researches how nutrition and the developmental environment affects health across the life-course, starting before conception. His interdisciplinary work crosses developmental and evolutionary biology and the social sciences. Mark pioneered LifeLab to promote health literacy in adolescents. He advocates developmental science to inform public health policy.

Landmark publications:

14 Books; >70 book chapters; >150 invited reviews, government reports etc.;  > 300 peer-reviewed papers. H Index 110

Major grants:

Programme grants from British Heart Foundation, NIHR, EU Horizon 2020, industry

Impact example:

One of the founding directors of Lifelab, which has reached thousands of young people in Southampton and shown an improvement in their health literacy; programme now being explored in Dublin, Soweto South Africa, Sydney Australia.

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