Which factors determine health and disease in mothers and children before, during and after pregnancy?
Shortly before and during pregnancy a vulnerability develops that may lead to diseases or malformations in the child. These may be present already at birth or they may manifest later in life. Our research primarily focusses on the most important factors that may influence the health and diseases in children and their mothers.
In particular, we focus on the following risk factors:
smoking as well as alcohol and coffee consumption before and during pregnancy
use of medication before and during pregnancy
diseases in the family
We are especially interested in determining the causes of the following conditions in the offspring:
reduced sperm quality in boys
cardiovascular risk factors