Dr. David J.P. Barker, epidemiologist and Fellow of the Royal Society, was keynote speaker for the "Babies at Risk" symposium Nov. 27 at the Galveston Island Convention Center. Barker presented extensive data from Great Britain, Holland, China, Finland, and elsewhere supporting his once-controversial and now generally accepted hypothesis that low birth weight - i.e., 5.5 pounds or less - is the best predictor of adult chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Barker was among seven presenters at the all-day symposium, which also included four after-lunch break-out sessions led by UTMB faculty and others. Major support for the symposium was provided by the Daniel W. Kempner Visiting Professorship and the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, the UTMB Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health and the UTMB School of Medicine.