Boston Children’s receives NIH grant to co-lead HEALthy Brain and Child Development study

boston childrens receives nih grant to co lead healthy brain and child development study

Sumary of Boston Children’s receives NIH grant to co-lead HEALthy Brain and Child Development study:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital has been awarded two five-year grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to co-lead the HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) study, an ambitious, comprehensive national study of brain development from birth through early childhood.
  • The study will enroll about 7,500 pregnant mothers and their infants at 25 sites across the United States, including Boston Children’s, and follow the children from birth to the age of 10 years.
  • The findings will provide a “template” for healthy brain development and give insight into how environmental factors -;
  • poverty, nutrition, pollution, maternal stress, maternal drug use, COVID-19 infection, and more -;
  • ” Charles Nelson, PhD, chair of Developmental Medicine Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, co-PI of the study’s administrative core Boston Children’s and the other research sites will collect a wide range of data on pregnancy and fetal development;
  • brain structure and function in infancy and early childhood;
  • and each child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.

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