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Dr. Jennifer L. Baker is a Senior Researcher and leader of the group on lifecourse epidemiology at the Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Copenhagen University Hospital system, in Denmark. Her research programme investigates how body size and growth during childhood in combination with other exposures across the lifecourse relate to disease. Dr. Baker’s work focuses on short and long-term effects of overweight and obesity in children. She and her group have shown that a higher body mass index in childhood increases the risk during adult life of numerous non-communicable diseases including nine types of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Baker has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has served on several international expert scientific committees. Dr. Baker is the co-chair for the European Association for the Study of Obesity Childhood Obesity Task Force.