Trainee Brain Mobility Awards


This Award offers an exceptional opportunity for brilliant early career researchers to create, develop and consolidate their networks and to acquire new research skills and knowledge in the field of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

The Award aims to support graduate students, early career scientists (<7 years post-PhD), or clinicians/fellows (< 7 years post M.D. or equivalent), who would like to visit a research institution/lab/centre specialising in DOHaD or related topics for 1-3 months, or who wish to attend a workshop/meeting with the objective of developing collaborative project(s), or to get technical support, or to be trained in a DOHaD-related project.

It is important to state clearly and succinctly in your application: 1) Your main area or specialty within DOHaD, your type of research, and any track record in DOHaD-related research; 2) Details of what you will do and what experience/skill you will gain during the proposed visit or workshop/meeting, and how this will develop you and your career in DOHaD-related research;  3) The relevance of the experience or skill to DOHaD and how it will contribute to your research in the DOHaD field; and 4) why your chosen host lab/department is best suited to fulfil this advancement in your career in the DOHaD field. We want awardees to have an engaging, rich and worthwhile experience, and so the letter from the head or senior member of the lab or department that you wish to visit, reflecting this, is important in our decision-making – this letter should specify what the awardee can expect from the host and host institution during their visit. The awards are competitive and we are less likely to fund a visit in which you would merely be an observer than one in which you would gain hands-on experience or training.

A maximum of four awards (maximum of £3000 per award) will be offered each year. The attached eligibility criteria should be considered, and the application template should be completed and sent to to be assessed by the Education sub-committee of the DOHaD Council.


Recent Winners



Xinyuan Li, McGill University

Visiting Prof Catherine Lebel’s laboratory at the University of Calgary to study brain structural connectivity as a mediator of prenatal maternal stress from two population-level crises on child development.





Macarena Lépez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Visiting Professor Torsten Plosch’s laboratory at the University of Groningem to study the impact of pregestational obesity on the methylation of key inflammatory and metabolic genes in newborn monocytes.




Germán Arenas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile 

Visiting Professor Dino Giussani’s laboratory at the University of Cambridge to study the effects of developmental hypoxia on Piezo1 expression and function in the femoral vasculature of chicken embryos at term. Listen to Germán discuss his proposed project, here.

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