Bertie Lumey, born in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 1950. Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York City. Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York City.
Lorentz Fellow (1 September 2008 – 31 January 2009)
LIFE COURSE EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING OF DISEASE
My Fellowship at NIAS and the opportunity to organise a workshop at the Lorentz centre have greatly stimulated efforts to further develop research activities with colleagues in the Netherlands and abroad. In this international workshop on “Longterm consequences of exposure to famine” in human populations, researchers from many countries came together for the first time to share their expertise and identify priorities for further research. Participants are now preparing publications to summarise the ongoing studies in the field and will start a network to develop innovative approaches in this area so that follow-up studies of human famines may increasingly be used to address fundamental questions of normal human development. Some findings may also be applicable to public health policy. This flying start would not have been possible without the combined resources of the Lorentz and NIAS environment and will stimulate the attendants far into the future.