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RESEARCH INTERESTS: Fetal origins of developmental plasticity and adult disease, Evolutionary theory and human life history, Growth and development, and Cardiovascular disease in developing nations.
As a biological anthropologist with training in epidemiology, Kuzawa’s research focuses on the role that the intrauterine and early postnatal environments have on development, adult health, and life history. The premise of this research is that what a mother eats during pregnancy, her access to adequate prenatal care, or her stress level, may permanently alter offspring biology in a fashion that influences risk for the most common causes of adult morbidity and mortality, including hypertension, diabetes, and heart attacks. This is a novel example of what is known as “developmental plasticity,” or the sensitivity of the developing body to the environment experienced during early stages of development. Kuzawa’s research on this topic is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and The Wenner Gren Foundation. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Liggins Institute, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and is currently an elected official of the governing councils of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the American Anthropological Association (Biological Section), and the Human Biology Association.
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
In press Kuzawa CW, “The Developmental Origins of Adult Health:
Intergenerational Inertia in Adaptation And Disease” In Evolution and
Health. W Trevathan, EO Smith and JJ McKenna (eds). Oxford
In press Kuzawa CW, Gluckman PD, Hanson MA, “Developmental
perspectives on the origins of obesity” in Adipose Tissue and
Adipokines in Health and Disease. E Fantuzzi and T Mazzone ed.,
2005 Kuzawa CW, "The fetal origins of developmental plasticity. Are
maternal cues reliable predictors of future nutritional environments?"
Amer J Hum Biol
2005 Kuzawa CW and IL Pike, "The fetal origins of developmental
plasticity. Introduction to the special issue." Amer J Hum Biol
2004 Kuzawa CW, "Modeling fetal adaptation to nutrient restriction: testing
the fetal origins hypothesis with a supply-demand model". J Nutrition,
2003 Leonard WR, Robertson ML, Snodgrass JJ, Kuzawa CW. "Metabolic
correlates of hominid brain evolution." Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol
Integr Physiol. 136(1):5-15.
2003 Kuzawa, CW, and LS Adair, "Lipid profiles in an adolescent Filipino
population: relationship to birth weight and maternal energy status
during pregnancy", Am J Clin Nutr, 77: 960-66.
1998 Kuzawa, CW, "Adipose tissue in human infancy and childhood: an
evolutionary perspective." Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 41:
1998 Barrett, RL, CW Kuzawa, TW McDade, GA Armelagos, 'The third
epidemiologic transition and emerging infectious disease', Annual
Reviews of Anthropology, 27: 247-71.