First 1,000 Days Symposium

September 4-5, 2018 

I-Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, IL

The first 1,000 days of life - the time spanning roughly between conception and a child’s second birthday - is a unique period of opportunity when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established. Environmental exposures, including nutrition, stress, and environmental toxins, can interact with the child’s genetics during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life to have lifelong implications on their physical, mental and emotional health. Learn more about basic and applied transdisciplinary research being conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that is addressing this critical window of development using a cells-to-society framework.

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*Space Is Limited


SEPT. 4, 2018 

I-Hotel Chancellor's Ballroom

3:30 p.m.                         Registration Opens

4:00 p.m.                         Welcome
                                         Neal Cohen, PhD
                                         Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

4:15 p.m.                         The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute Health Ideas Inaugural Address:

                                        “The First 1000 Days: The Foundation for Health and Brain Development”

                                        Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD, Dr. Honoris Causa
                                        Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health
                                        Yale School of Public Health

5:15p.m.- 6:45p.m.         Poster Session and Reception

SEPT. 5, 2018

I-Hotel Chancellor's Ballroom

8:00 a.m.                      Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.                      Welcome and Overview Barbara Fiese, PhD Professor and Director, Family Resiliency Center

8:45 a.m.                      Cellular and Biological Influences in the First 1000 Days

                                      Sue Schantz, PhD 

                                      Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD | Margarita Teran-Garcia, PhD, MD 

                                      Naiman Khan, PhD, RD

                                     Session Moderator/Panelist: 

                                     Yuan-Xiang Pan, PhD

10:15 a.m.                   Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.                   Family, Childcare, and Community Level Influences

                                     Brent McBride, PhD

                                     Barbara Fiese, PhD

                                     Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD

                                     Session Moderator/Panelist(s): 

                                     Monika Stodolska, PhD

                                     Kelly Bost, PhD

12:00-1:30 p.m.           Lunch

1:30 p.m.                     Dissemination to Policy and Practice

                                    Craig Gundersen, PhD

                                    Karen Tabb Dina, PhD

                                    Jonathan Woods, MSN, RN, NE-BC

                                    Julianna Sellett, DNP, MBA, RN, CPHQ, CENP

                                   Session Moderator/Panelist: 

                                   Sessy Nyman

3:00 p.m.                    Summary and Wrap Up

                                  Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD

3:30-5:00 p.m.          Community Engagement Showcase


First 1,000 Days Symposium Agenda - Downloadable PDF


Speaker and Panelist Information


Poster Submission Form Graduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract.


*No CEU credits will be offered at this Symposium.


Jennifer Themanson

Phone: 217-244-5119