Pakistan DOHaD Society

Pakistan DOHaD Society was formally launched in September 2016. It constitutes a team of trans-disciplinary researchers engaged in high-level scientific research to address the growing challenge of non-communicable diseases in a resource constrained set-up of Pakistan (a low middle income country that ranks as the world 6th most populous nation). With more than 24% of people above 18 year being hypertensive in Pakistan, 25% of people over 40 years having coronary heart disease, 10% of adults suffering from diabetes and 34% from depressive disorders, the society aims to target developmental origins of health and  disease  by demonstrating the profound impact of fetal life on future health and development. Using fetus as a patient, we primarily work along 2 research lines with relevance to in-utero programming:

  1. Cardiovascular Research Line
  2. Neurodevelopment Research Line


Cardiovascular Research Line

This research line explores the structural and functional changes in the fetal cardiovascular system as an adaptation to adverse conditions in-utero such as in maternal diabetes, preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. These cardiovascular changes are detected through various biomarkers using two-dimensional ultrasound. Through prospective design, such fetuses will be followed during postnatal and early childhood periods for identification of population susceptible for cardiovascular diseases in adulthood and for appropriate nutritional intervention.


Neurodevelopment Research Line

This research line investigates into structural brain changes and cerebral hemodynamics in fetuses of diabetic mothers and those affected with growth restriction.  The purpose is to detect at risk fetuses for abnormal neurodevelopmental outcome during early childhood and to design appropriate intervention so as to improve neurodevelopmental health during this time period.


Pakistan DOHaD Society currently has 24 affiliated members. President: Dr. Nuruddin Mohammed; Vice-President: Dr. Babar Hasan; Secretary: Dr. Rozina Nuruddin; Treasurer: Dr. Ayesha Malik; Advisors: Dr. Rahat Qureshi; Dr. Ghazala Rafique; Dr. Ayesha Yousafzai


Executive Members:       7

Executive Members

PresidentDr Nuruddin Mohammed MBBS (Pak); MSc (Singapore); PhD (Singapore)
Vice PresidentDr Babar S Hasan MD, FAAP
SecretaryDr Rozina Nuruddin MBBS (Pak); MSc (Singapore); PhD (Singapore)
TreasurerDr Ayesha Malik MBBS (Pak); MSc (Pak); FCPS (Pak)
Advisory MemberDr Rahat Qureshi MBBS (Pak); FCPS (Pak); FRCOG (UK); Dip MEd (UK)
Advisory MemberDr Ghazala Rafique MBBS; FCPS; FSc; MPH
Advisory MemberDr Aisha Yousafzai PhD (UK)

News Items

August 2020: Webinar The First 1000 Days Of Life Shape Who We Are

DOHaD and Life Course Approach Webinar Series, Wednesday 19 August 2020, 14.00-`5.00 PST

Tessa Roseboom, Professor, Early Development and Health, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

The First 1000 Days of Life Shape Who we Are

Details here

March 2019: DOHaD Education Forum Initiative (DEFI)

On March 14th 2019, DOHaD Education Forum Initiative (DEFI) was initiated  whereby education and advocacy campaign on DOHaD concepts was launched as a pilot project. In first of its kind, the campaign was launched in the form of E-health seminar and two talks were organized for Health Professionals including doctors, nurses and midwives at the Aga Khan Medical Center, Khorog, Tajikistan

Dr. Nuruddin gave a talk on “Impact of adverse intrauterine environment on early childhood development and transgeneration health”. This was followed by a talk on Stress in Pregnancy by DOHaD Member, Dr. Shelina Bhamani.

The program was well received and more such sessions are planned in future, both locally and internationally in particular in Central Asia.


February 2019: Presentation by Dr Zahra HoodBhoy

On February 28th, 2019, Member Pakistan DOHaD Society and Doctorate Student , Dr. Zahra HoodBhoy gave a talk on the topic, Peadiatric Hypertension, at the Aga Khan University

February 2019: Community service

On February 17th 2019, Members, Pakistan DOHaD Society performed community service by getting involved in screening for hypertension and obesity among children in the community setting. Up to now 800 children have been screened over the period of one year. We are now in the process of analyzing the data to demonstrate the prevalence of obesity and hypertension in children within the community.

February 2019: Seminar "Changing Spectrum of Health Outcomes and its Implications on Low Middle Income Countries"

On February 14th 2019, a seminar was organized on the topic, “Changing Spectrum of Health Outcomes and its Implications on Low Middle Income Countries” at the Aga University.

Pakistan DOHaD Society: NEWSLETTER, January 2019

The latest news and updates found here:

Pakistan DOHaD Society Newsletter Jan 2019

January 2019: Pakistan DOHaD Society meets with Kazim Trust

On January 7th 2019, members of Pakistan DOHaD Society had a successful meeting with the leadership of Kazim Trust, Pakistan for promoting advocacy and education campaign about awareness of learning disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorders among school teachers and parents in the community. Kazim Trust was established in 2008 in the city of Karachi in Pakistan as a non-profit organization that aims to spread awareness and create treatment programs about Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD) in children.

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