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Disorders of Human Reproduction in the Anthropocene

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In this presentation the speaker will discuss the diseases of human reproduction resulting from major changes in the mode of giving birth.

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The Anthropocene is the new period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. In my presentation, I will discuss the diseases of human reproduction resulting from major changes in: our mode of giving birth with caesarean section rates having risen from 15% in the last century to over 50% in many countries of the world; in exposure to different types of environmental pollution on pregnancy outcomes and in our new eating habits on parental obesity, fetal development and childhood diabetes. I will present the increasing strong epidemiological evidence showing how these 21st human-influenced changes have impacted perinatal morbidity and mortality reversing many of the gains made possible by the scientific discoveries and development in health care provision during the previous century.

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Professor Eric Jauniaux, Professor in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, EGA Institute for Women Health, Faculty of Live Science, UCL

Eric Jauniaux has worked for over 30 years on placental and fetal development and physiology and on the diagnosis and management of placental related-complications of pregnancy. He is the author/co-author of over 400 peer-reviewed original articles and reviews and editor/co-editor of 13 books and texbooks including Embryonic medicine & therapy with Sir Bob Edwards (Nobel Prize in Medicine 2010). He was awarded a personal chair at UCL in 2002. In 2006, he co-founded Medical Aid Films (MAF) a UK-registered charity [no 1121578] to provide multi-media programs for education and training in maternal and child health in developing countries (www.medicalaidfilms.org).

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