How to make a healthy baby in the 21st century

Media releases, National Science Week

There’s more to making healthy babies than what goes on in the bedroom.

Sunday 23 August, 3:30-5:30pm (ACST), Adelaide and online
Speakers available for interview

The life you and your partner lead and the life experiences of your parents can influence:
• your chances of conception,
• your chances of a full-term pregnancy,
• and a healthy start to life for your baby.

Leading fertility and pregnancy experts will be speaking on their latest research at a free public symposium in Adelaide this Sunday 23 August.

The latest research is revealing the impact of poverty and prosperity; remote living and city living; thinness and obesity; and many other factors on fertility and reproduction.

The Society for Reproductive Biology is holding the public forum at the start of their annual conference in Adelaide (and online). The speakers are available to talk about the topics in advance of the forum.

Topics include:
• predicting risk of complications for mother and baby,
• the genetic, nutritional, and lifestyle factors that affect pregnancy outcome,
• a paradigm shift in the understanding of triggers of preterm birth,
• the long-term impact on children of preterm birth,
• and what doctors see in the clinics of Australia and Africa.

Speakers include:
• Prof Sarah Robertson, Director of the Robinson Research Institute and Research Program Leader of the Reproductive Immunology Research Group
• Prof Claire Roberts, Deputy Director of the Robinson Research Institute and President of the Australian and New Zealand Placenta Research Association
• Prof Robert Norman, Medical Director at Fertility SA and Professor for Reproductive and Periconceptual Medicine at the University of Adelaide
• Prof Michael Davies, epidemiologist at the Robinson Research Institute and Co-Director of the Lifecourse and Intergenerational Health Research Group

Moderated by Dr Paul Willis, RiAus.

See full bios and register online at

If you want to interview any of them ahead of the symposium, please contact Lydia on 

The forum will also be live-streamed on the above website at 3:30pm Adelaide time.