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On behalf of the Early Nutrition Programming Project (EARNEST), the Early Nutrition Academy (ENA), and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society (DOHaD), the Organising Committee is delighted to have welcomed you to 'The Power of Programming - Developmental Origins of Health and Disease'; a conference held on 6 - 8 May, 2010 in Munich, Germany.

Nutrition during pregnancy and infancy can exert important long-term effects on development and health.  Programming effects of early nutrition are important with regards to biomedical research, nutritional and health care practice, and policy decisions.  This International Conference was supported by the European Commission as part of the scientific activities of the European Early Nutrition Programming Project (EARNEST FOOD-CT-2005-007036).  Recent findings, state of the art knowledge and future perspectives on the fascinating relationship between maternal and infant diet and the various biochemical, physiological and health outcomes at later ages were presented.  In a multidisciplinary approach, scientists, clinicians, representatives of advisory and regulatory bodies as well as food manufacturers were brought together to produce synergistic approaches for further advances in this field.  Renowned leaders in their fields provided state of the art overviews, ably supported by new investigators presenting their latest exciting findings.

Munich, with its Bavarian charm and the splendid panorama of the Alps, has provided an excellent forum for delegates to share experiences, critically discuss latest findings and develop collaborative approaches for the improvement of early nutrition.

We would like to thank all 585 participants from 51 countries throughout the world for coming to Munich to take part in this conference!

Berthold Koletzko
EARNEST Co-ordinator and ENA Chairman
Brigitte Brands
Conference Secretary
Marc Hanson
DOHaD President

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