Our teams: EAROH

I am a research director in epidemiology in the EARoH team with a background in biostatistics and an established line of research on early development and health in both longitudinal and population studies. Since my PhD when I investigated determinants of childhood obesity, I have been more and more interested by very early determinants of obesity, and more generally of early growth and development. I also acquired experience in genetic epidemiology during a 1-year post doc fellowship in the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge (UK), working in various studies like the ALSPAC or the EPIC studies. I am now leading my research program on the familial determinants of pregnancy outcomes and offspring health thanks to the data collected in the EDEN (https://eden.vjf.inserm.fr/) Mother-child cohort, that I’ve been coordinating since 2010. Also very interested in infancy and childhood growth, I have been coordinating the “physical growth and puberty” working group of the Elfe mother-child cohort study that started in 2011. I have developed a research program on growth modelling and growth-monitoring and generated in 2018 the new French growth chart references (https://cress-umr1153.fr/index.php/courbes-carnet-de-sante/). I am involved in many European projects, and especially international consortia gathering European birth cohorts (https://longitools.org, https://lifecycle-project.eu/for-scientists/the-eu-child-cohort-network/).

Research interests

  • Child health and development
  • Growth modelling
  • Nutritional epidemiology

Key publications

  • Heude B, Forhan A, Slama R, Douhaud L, Bedel S, Saurel-Cubizolles MJ, Hankard R, Thiebaugeorges O, De Agostini M, Annesi-Maesano I, Kaminski M, Charles MA; EDEN mother-child cohort study group. Cohort Profile: The EDEN mother-child cohort on the prenatal and early postnatal determinants of child health and development. Int J Epidemiol. 2016 Apr;45(2):353-63. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv151.
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  • Heude B, Scherdel P, Werner A, Le Guern M, Gelbert N, Walther D, Arnould M, Bellaïche M, Chevallier B, Cheymol J, Jobez E, N'Guyen S, Pietrement C, Reynaud R, Salaün JF, Khoshnood B, Zeitlin J, Maccario J, Breart G, Thalabard JC, Charles MA, Botton J, Frandji B, Chalumeau M. A big-data approach to producing descriptive anthropometric references: a feasibility and validation study of paediatric growth charts. Lancet Digit Health. 2019 Dec;1(8):e413-e423. doi: 10.1016/S2589-7500(19)30149-9.
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  • Lecorguillé M, Jacota M, de Lauzon-Guillain B, Forhan A, Cheminat M, Charles MA, Heude B. An association between maternal weight change in the year before pregnancy and infant birth weight: ELFE, a French national birth cohort study. PLoS Med. 2019 Aug 20;16(8):e1002871. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002871.
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