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Sunil Kumar Bhat

Phone: (+61 8) 9224 0381


Start date

Mar 2012

Submission date

Jun 2017

Sunil Kumar Bhat


Family functioning and related psychosocial factors in pregnancy and early childhood as determinants of cardiovascular risk factors in a longitudinal Australian birth cohort: The Raine Study


Psychosocial stress during pregnancy may influence epigenetic changes during pregnancy. There is a role of psychosocial factors in coronary artery disease and cardio-metabolic risk. Thus depression, anxiety, stress of a young adult and his family socioeconomic status may increase the vulnerability of the offspring for the development of blood pressure or a higher body mass index at young adulthood.

Why my research is important

Paucity of knowledge regarding the longitudinal relation of early life psychosocial and family determinants and blood pressure or body mass index at young adulthood