Impact of childhood growth patterns & latent cardiovascular risk factors on the microcirculation in adult life

Project Details

This project funded by a grant from the Academy of Finland will determine the impact of childhood growth patterns and latent cardiovascular risk factors on the retinal microcirculation in adult life. Microcirculatory disturbances may develop in early in life as a consequence of disordered growth patterns or adolescent obesity. These in turn may predict and be on the mechanistic pathway to the derangement of CVD risk factors and CVD itself. The results of this study will provide novel insights into possible mechanisms linking childhood growth patterns and latent cardiovascular risk factors with future risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Understanding the process and influences of early vascular changes is essential for the development of appropriate early treatment and intervention.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Group

Ocular Epidemiology Unit



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health & Well-being, Immunology and Inflammation, Sensory Neuroscience



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Optometry and Vision Sciences