Past Event

How the Dutch Famine Shaped My Thinking on Life-Course Epidemiology

March 19, 2024
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Jerome Greene Annex, 410 W. 117 St., New York, NY 10027

How the Dutch Famine Shaped My Thinking about Life-Course Epidemiology

A Talk by Dr. L. H. Lumey

Dr. L. H. Lumey studied medicine at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam in the Netherlands and history and philosophy of science at Darwin College, Cambridge University, England. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study at Columbia University, where he obtained MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology. After returning to the Netherlands, Dr. Lumey worked at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam and the National Institute for Public Health and Environmental Protection RIVM. He later joined the American Health Foundation in New York and was Director of the New York City Perinatal HIV Transmission Collaborative Study before being recruited to the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia. In 2008 Dr Lumey was a Lorentz Fellow and in 2022 a NIDI-NIAS Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

For the presentation, he will give an account of why and how Dutch famine studies were started at Columbia in the early 1970s and of their early research findings. Then the path by which he personally became involved in this project. And then of its natural development into the follow-up of additional famine exposed birth cohorts in the Netherlands, Ukraine, and China with expanding research questions stimulated by new technologies including epigenetics, metabolomics, and proteomics.

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Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC)
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