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Research interests

Tessa Roseboom is a Professor of Early Development and Health at the Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her work focusses on the impact of the early life environment on growth, development and health throughout life. Her studies in the Dutch famine birth cohort provided the first direct evidence in humans that maternal nutrition during gestation affected offspring´s and potentially grand-offspring’s health (www.hongerwinter.nl). She applied the lessons learned about developmental plasticity to observational and experimental studies in current pregnancies, in developed and developing settings.

She is passionate about the societal impact of her work. Consequently, she advocates for investing in a good start in life by showing how fundamentally important a good start is in achieving the SDGs. She actively contributes to translating lessons from research into policy and practice. The ultimate aim of her work is to contribute to improved human health by giving each child the best possible start in life. 




Early Development and Health

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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