How your birthweight affects your further life


About the research

Did you know that being born with low birthweight (< 2.5 kg), increases the risk of a heart attack when you're 50 or older? Rossella Alfano (Uhasselt) examined 500 neonates and found out that babies with low birth weight have less HDL cholesterol, commonly known as 'good cholesterol'. An interesting finding, since high HDL cholesterol levels in adults, reduce the risk of heart disease.

Rossella Alfano

Rossella Alfano is a Medical Doctor, qualified specialist in Public Health. In 2017, she joined the Epidemiology group of the Centre for Environmental Science at the Hasselt University (Belgium) with a Doctoral Grant by the University Research Fund, under the supervision of prof. Michelle Plusquin.

Her research interests include epidemiology, birth cohort research, and omics. Her main work focuses on integrating omics (epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) to understand the molecular basis of disease and health over the life course.

Gerelateerde video's