Which factors determine health and disease in mothers and children before, during and after pregnancy?
Shortly before and during pregnancy a vulnerability develops that may lead to diseases or malformations in the child. These may be present already at birth or they may manifest later in life. Our research primarily focusses on the most important factors that may influence the health and diseases in children and their mothers.
In particular, we focus on the following risk factors:
We are especially interested in determining the causes of the following conditions in the offspring:
Moreover, we also study causes of reduced maternal and paternal fertility.
If we obtain more precise knowledge on how behavioural patterns before and during pregnancy may influence the health and development of diseases in the mother and child, we will be able to improve the possibilities of offering qualified counselling to pregnant women. Moreover, it will improve fertility treatment in women or couples who have difficulties getting pregnant.