American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2009;89

Abstract: The workshop entitled “Early Risk Determinants and Later Health Outcomes: Implications for Research Prioritization and the Food Supply,” reported in this issue, was borne of a quest to consolidate current knowledge on the early determinants of maternal and child health outcomes related to obesity, cardiovascular disease risk, and neurodevelopment. The primary goal was to delineate the relative influence of genetics and environmental factors, particularly in relation to specific nutrients and food components, on determinants of risk within the developmental stages of pregnancy, infancy (0–12 mo), and early childhood up to 5 y of age. A panel of experts was charged with critiquing the evidence presented and with identifying research gaps and challenges for future research, such as when and how the food industry might translate knowledge of the determinants of disease into improvements in human health through food product development.

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This work was supported by the IAFNS Committee on Early Nutrition.