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09.21.2016

UW gets $5 million to study environment-child health link

School of Public Health to focus on neurodevelopment, asthma risk; grant is part of major initiative of National Institutes of Health

School of Public Health  |  Updated 1:45 PM, 09.21.2016

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  • The research will involve associations between environmental exposures and respiratory and neurodevelopmental problems in childhood. Flicker | Guilherme Jofili

The University of Washington School of Public Health was awarded more than $4.7 million Wednesday by the National Institutes of Health to investigate how the environment influences neurodevelopment and asthma risk in children.

The grant was part of $157 million in national awards announced by the NIH for a multitude of projects under a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes. The initiative will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development — from conception through early childhood — influences the health of children and adolescents. The studies will target four key pediatric outcomes that have a high public health impact: airway health, obesity, neurodevelopment and birth outcomes.

Catherine Karr, professor of pediatrics and environmental and occupational health at the UW, will lead the investigative team.

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