Studies focus on the epidemiology of pregnancy outcomes (i.e., how maternal nutritional status relates to fetal and infant survival and health) and the short- and long-term consequences of poor prenatal and postnatal growth and development. Investigators are exploring new research into the fetal origins of adult-onset diseases and nutritional and environmental factors influencing fetal and child neurobehavioral development. Current research is underway in Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, the United States, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.
“In a setting where maternal iron deficiency and anemia are common, we found a 31 percent reduction in childhood mortality due to maternal antenatal and postnatal supplementation with iron-folic acid compared to a control,” said lead author Associate Professor Parul Christian. <More>