Development Across the Lifespan
There is a growing body of evidence that life course exposures may play a role in the development of many of the acute and chronic diseases, disability and injury that form the major public health problems in both developed and developing countries. Until recently most of the research on the early life origins of disease and disability focused on intrauterine growth and development, but there is growing evidence of the importance of postnatal growth and developmental trajectories in the development of disease risk across the lifespan. The relative influence of early as compared with later life factors is yet to be fully determined and is likely to differ by disease and disability outcome and by time and place, and a life-span approach is particularly important as the population demographics shift, with Canada aging faster now than at any other time in history.
- Creating synergies among basic, applied, and population studies that employ a life-course perspective, focusing on long-term outcomes of early experiences (e.g., the effects of biology, behaviour and environments);
- Shifting developmental pathways of children with special needs toward improved function and societal participation;
- Understanding the forces and experiences that shape human development throughout the adult life course (e.g., life course transitions in areas such as family, work, or health; development in the context of historical, demographic and social change).
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