Stress, Obesity, & Pregnancy: The Next Generation

Our 2014 symposium was attended by over 150 people from a variety of backgrounds, including students, health care professionals researchers, and staff from the Alameda, Contra Cost, and San Francisco Public Health Departments.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Elissa Epel, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Associate Director, Center for Health & Community
Director, Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment
University of California, San Francisco


Maternal Metabolism in Pregnancy, Long-term Effects on Population Health

Patrick M. Catalano, MD
Director, Center for Reproductive Health at MetroHealth
Director, Clinical Research Unit, Case Western Reserve
Professor, Reproductive Biology MetroHealth Medical Center
Case Western Reserve University


Transmission Effects to Offspring

Robert Lustig, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology
Director, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program
Member, Institute for Health Policy Studies
University of California, San Francisco


Transgenerational Effects of Maternal Stress and Nutrition During Gestation on Offspring Adiposity and Metabolism

Pathik D. Wadhwa, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Obstetrics, & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology
Director, UC Irvine Development, Health and Disease Research Program
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine


Childhood Stress, Pregnancy Weight and Transmission of Weight

Barbara Abrams, DrPH, RD
Professor of Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Public Health Nutrition
Head, Epidemiology/Biostatistics Program
University of California, Berkeley


Can Interventions Help?

Barbara Laraia, PhD, MPH, RD
Associate Professor, Community Health and Human Development
Director, Public Health Nutrition
University of California, Berkeley


Pregnancy: A Teachable Moment for Weight Control and Obesity

Suzanne Phelan, PhD
Associate Professor, Kinesiology Department
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Panel Discussion & Closing Remarks

Kimber Stanhope, PhD, RD (moderator)
Associate Research Nutritionalist Biologist
Department of Molecular Biosciences: SVM
Department of Nutrition
University of California, Davis

Larissa Duncan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Erica Gunderson, PhD, MS, MPH
Senior Research Scientist, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Section
Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Nancy Adler, PhD
Director, Center for Health and Community
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco