Welcome to the XXV Symposium of Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation

The Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation is one of the leading private foundations supporting medical research in Finland. The foundation supports mainly research in psychosomatic medicine. Furthermore, the foundation owns a renowned art collection displayed at Villa Gyllenberg at Kuusisaari. Read more about the foundation on www.gyllenbergs.fi.

By arranging regular high standard international scientific symposia we aim to foster a discussion on the inter-relationships between mind and body.  During recent years, there has been a growing interest in the life-long consequences of conditions during the fetal period, such as maternal psychosocial stress or pregnancy disorders.  What happens during the time of conception or later during pregnancy is believed to have implications for the individual’s health throughout childhood and adult life. Research on epigenetics  offers great promises in uncovering mechanisms through which the memory of fetal life conditions is stored and later expressed.

The symposium Childbearing, parenthood and outcomes of children will start from the endocrinology and the periconceptional period of pregnancy. In between, there will be presentations on other aspects on pregnancy such as stress, epigenetic programming during pregnancy, causes and significance of preterm birth, the impact of environmental factors and alternative ways to reach parenthood. 

The invited lecturers are Toby Andrew, Elisabeth Binder, Eeva Ekholm, Alexandre A Ferraro, Vasanti Jadva, Eero Kajantie, Cornelis B Lambalk, Liisa Lehtonen, Hanna Rouhe, Katri Räikkönen, Saigal Saroj, Richard M Sharpe, Eric Steegers, Viveca Söderström-Anttila, Pathik Wadhwa, and Harriet Vermeer.

The participants will represent organizations and researchers engaged within the field, gynecologists, geneticists, perinatologists, pediatricians, Gyllenberg grant recipients, health professionals, midwives and nurses. The symposium is open for everyone interested in these topics. Please note that only a limited number of seats are available. The language of the event is English.

We look forward to seeing you in Hanasaari!

Per-Henrik Groop
Chairman of the Board Professor in internal medicine
Jannica Fagerholm
Managing Director