Childbearing, Parenthood and Outcomes of Children –

An Interplay Between Psychological and Biological Factors

Hanasaari Congress Center Hanasaari, Espoo, 

September 21st – 23rd, 2017

Thursday, September 21st

15.00-17.00Press conference

Friday, September 22nd

9.00-9.10Opening words, Professor Per-Henrik Groop, Chairman of the Board of The Gyllenberg Foundation

SESSION I Endocrinology

Chairman: Viveca Söderström-Anttila

9.10-9.50The Endocrinology of Pregnancy, Professor Cornelis B Lambalk
9.50-10.30The Periconceptional Period and Long-term Health, Professor Eric Steegers

SESSION II Pregnancy and stress

Chairman: Eero Kajantie

11.00-11.40Maternal stress and pregnancy outcome, Professor Katri Räikkönen-Talvitie
11.40-12.00Fear of birth, Hanna Rouhe, MD, PhD
12.00-12.40Maternal stress, child health and development, Professor Pathik Wadhwa

SESSION III Pregnancy and epigenetics

Chairman: Eero Kajantie

14.00-14.40Maternal stress and epigenetic programming of offspring health, Thora Halldorsdottir, MD, PhD
14.40--15.20Gestational diabetes and epigenetic programming of mother and child, Toby Andrew, MD, PhD

SESSION IV Preterm birth

Chairman: Eero Kajantie

15.50-16.20Preterm birth - Causes and significance for public health, Docent Eero Kajantie
16.20-16.50Protecting the brain of small preterm infants, Professor Liisa Lehtonen
16.50-17.30Voices of adults born preterm, Professor Saroj Saigal
17.45Bus transfer to Villa Gyllenberg
18.00Reception at the Villa Gyllenberg art museum. Kuususaarenpolku 11.

Saturday, September 23rd

SESSION V Environmental factors before and after conception

Chairman: Viveca Söderström-Anttila

9.00-9.45Environmental/lifestyle effects on male long-term reproductive development and its long-term and intergenerational consequences, professor Richard M. Sharpe
9.45-10.30Pregnancy and stress in a transitioning society, Professor Alexandre A Ferraro

SESSION VI Alternative ways to reach parenthood

Chairman: Viveca Söderström-Anttila

11.00-11-20Outcomes of surrogacy, Docent Viveca Söderström-Anttila
11.20-11.50Adoption as an intervention, Docent Harriet Vermeer
11.50-12.20Children born through gamete donation and surrogacy, Senior research associate Vasanti Jadva
12.20-12.50Mother-child attachment – implications of events during pregnancy and delivery, Adjunct professor, docent Eeva Ekholm
13.00-13.10Closing remarks, Professor Per-Henrik Groop, Chairman of the board of Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation.

Participants can apply for credits for attending the symposium, 12 credits for theoretical training for Finnish medical specialty degrees for child neurology, child psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, adolescent psychiatry, clinical genetics and 10 credits for public health and general practice.