Keynote Speakers

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Professor Mark


MA, DPhil, PGCE, FRCOG (a.e.), FRCPCH (Hon)

Professor Mark Hanson is British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. Professor Mark Hanson is one of the UK’s leading researchers on developmental pathways to disease.

He is ex-President of the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and was a founder member and former secretary of the Society. He has served on a range of committees in government, charitable and NGOs focusing on the importance of adopting a life-course perspective to new ways of reducing the burden of non-communicable disease globally. In the University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton he leads the early life nutrition theme of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre. He was awarded the Paul Harris Medal by the Rotary Foundation in October 2008. Overseas he holds visiting appointments in Auckland, Singapore, and Jamaica. He was awarded the Rector’s Medal, University of Chile, Santiago and the title of Illustrious Professor at the Catholic University of Chile in July 2016.

For more information visit: Professor Mark Hanson | Medicine | University of Southampton


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Professor Lucilla



Professor Lucilla Poston is Tommy’s Charity Professor of Maternal & Fetal Health and Director of the Tommy’s Maternal & Fetal Research Unit based at St Thomas’ Hospital. She is the Research Lead for King’s Health Partners’ Institute of Women and Children’s Health and leads a large multidisciplinary research team which investigates disorders of pregnancy including premature birth, pre-eclampsia and the complications arising from maternal obesity. Her own research focuses on maternal nutrition, obesity and gestational diabetes, with a focus on the early life origins of health and disease.

Professor Poston is President of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) and was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009. She was appointed NIHR Senior Investigator, Emeritus in 2017, having succeeded twice in open competition. In the same year, Lucilla was awarded a CBE for services to Women’s Health.

For more information visit: Professor Lucilla Poston CBE (

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Distinguished Laureate Professor Roger


Professor Roger Smith is an internationally recognised leader in the pathophysiology of human pregnancy. He has been awarded medals and published in Nature, Nature Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine and Scientific American; Science has reviewed his work. Distinguished Laureate Professor Roger Smith has been a visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale and the NIH Perinatal Research Branch.

Research Expertise: Clinical and basic science expertise in the physiology of human birth and the pathophysiology of premature birth.

Teaching Expertise: Teaching endocrinology to medical students

Administrative Expertise: Previous assistant dean research, currently Director of the Department of Endocrinology John Hunter Hospital and Co-Director of the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science and Director of the Mothers and Babies Research Centre.

Recent career highlight: improving maternal mortality in regional Nepal: Improving maternal mortality in regional Nepal (

For more information visit: Laureate Professor Roger Smith / Staff Profile / The University of Newcastle, Australia