Former Schoolmates Leverage Unique Partnerships to Form GeoHealth Hub in Suriname

24 June 2016

Understanding how environmental exposures affect child health and development is a major focus for the research team. For its primary project, the team will initiate a maternal and child cohort study — the first of its kind in Suriname. Set to launch in May 2016, the team will follow 1,000 pregnant mothers from various regions of Suriname from their first trimester to delivery. Children of mothers who experience the highest and lowest exposures will be followed for four years. The team will then study how changes in DNA are influenced by exposure to pesticides and other environmental stressors and whether these DNA changes could predict future disease outcomes.

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