Worldwide, health systems are struggling under the escalating burden of non-communicable diseases, of which cardiometabolic complications and subsequent cardiovascular disease (CVD) are arguably at the forefront. Of particular concern, atherosclerosis, the process leading to CVD, is occurring at an increasingly younger age, prolonging the burden of disease and resulting in lost years of productivity, a decreased quality of life, and a growing economic burden. While a child may have a genetic predisposition to chronic cardiometabolic complications, the rapidly changing epidemiology points to the importance of environmental, behavioural, and social-cultural determinants of health. There is an important interplay between genetic and environmental cues during early childhood development, when biological systems are most alterable or plastic and when chronic disease risk trajectories are hard-wired. Important environmental cues come in the form of physical activity, nutrition, and sleep behaviour. Failure to expose children to beneficial gene-environment interactions can and will lead to chronic disease predisposition.
This laboratory is interested in the interactions between lifestyle behaviours and cardiometabolic health across the lifespan, albeit with a particular focus on children. More specifically, this lab is interested in:
- The development and interpretation of methodologies for assessing cardiometabolic health.
- Interactions between lifestyle risk factors and cardio-metabolic disease aetiology.
- The translation of basic and applied science in to public health outcomes.
The group is interested in:
- Establishing collaborations on new and existing projects
- Attracting top quality PhD students
- Visiting professors