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Effects of Prenatal Diet and Mercury Exposure on Child Behavior and Development

Grant Number:
Principal Investigator:
Oken, Emily
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc.
Most Recent Award Year:
Lifestage of Participants:
Exposure: Prenatal (specifically second trimester); Adulthood (mother)
Assessment: Youth (1-18 years, specifically at 7 years of age); Adulthood (18+ years, specifically to 19 years of age)
Metals: Mercury/methylmercury
Nutrition/Diet/Supplements: Not specified
Health Outcomes:
Neurological/Cognitive Outcomes: Neurobehavioral outcomes; Neurodevelopmental outcomes
Biological Sample:
Blood (mother)
Other Participant Data:
Assessment of receptive vocabulary, intelligence quotient (verbal and non-verbal), visual memory, executive function, inattention and hyperactivity, emotional symptoms, conduct, peer problems, and prosocial behavior; Prenatal dietary assessment; Information on home environment and other predictors of child development; Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium as modifiers of prenatal mercury exposure

Related NIEHS-Funded Study Populations

Project Viva

Principal Investigator:
Oken, Emily; Hivert, Marie-France | Study Population Page Study Population c204
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
Eastern Massachusetts
Number of Participants::
2,128 mother-child pairs
Brief Description::
This is a longitudinal pre-birth cohort study originally designed to examine the effects of maternal diet, air pollution, and other environmental factors, on child growth and development. In 1999-2002, 2,128 mother-child pairs in eastern Massachusetts were enrolled in the study. Mother and child follow-up is ongoing.
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