Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease are reaching epidemic proportions in New Zealand and around the world. We know that once these conditions take hold, it is very difficult to reverse them. So how could we prevent them from happening in the first place?

The answer to this complex question may lie with life in the womb. There is now decades of evidence to show that your lifelong risk of these diseases can be programmed by the environment you experienced before you were even born. In fact, what happened to you in the womb may have more of an impact on your lifelong health than your genetics or your everyday environment.

Join Jasmine Plows to explore the science behind this fascinating concept, and hear the personal story that motivates her to continue researching it forever.


Jasmine Plows is a PhD Student at the Liggins Institute in Auckland. She studies how diabetes during pregnancy can lead to later obesity and type 2 diabetes in the baby. Jasmine is combining research into maternal inflammation and the gut microbiome to develop new treatments for diabetes during pregnancy.

The aim of these treatments would be to improve the life-long health of both the mother and the baby, and reduce the number of cases of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the population as a result.


6:30 PM @Gin Room | 12 Vulcan Lane, Auckland, 1010

18+ unless accompanied by parent and/or legal guardian

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