David Barker, Md, PhD (Chair)

Fellow, Royal Society of London

University of Southampton, UK


David Barker, MD, PhD, FRS, is a Physician and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK and Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, US. Twenty years ago, he showed for the first time that people who had low birth weight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease.

In 1995, the British Medical Journal named this the “Barker Hypothesis.” It is now widely accepted. In 2010 Time Magazine called it the “New Science.” In 2003 he joined Professor Kent Thornburg at the faculty at the Heart Research Center, OHSU, to study how nutrition and growth before birth and during early childhood alter the development of the heart.