Maternal effects on health arise when the infection status or condition of mothers influences the health or immune responsiveness of offspring. This is an area of much active research, but maternal effects have also been more broadly studied, in particular by evolutionary biologists interested in maternal effects as adaptations. This symposium explored the potential for cross-fertilisation between the evolutionary biology and medical perspectives on maternal effects.
This research symposium was held on Wednesday, 9th May 2012 in Lecture Theatre 3, Ashworth Laboratories, the University of Edinburgh.
This article was published on May 17, 2012