The effect of iron supplementation in pregnancy on child cognitive development [ 2003 - 2004 ]

Also known as: Iron in pregnancy and child cognitive development

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Maria Makrides (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Peter Baghurst Prof Robert Gibson

Brief description During fetal life the brain grows very rapidly and animal studies have shown that inadequate iron nutrition of mothers during pregnancy can result in permanent structural and developmental problems in the offspring. Although this has not been examined in human infants, new studies suggest that the iron stores of the mother in pregnancy are an important determinant of the baby's iron stores during the first year of life. It may be that the critical period where iron nutrition influences later development is in fetal life (during pregnancy). We have the opportunity to test whether iron nutrition in fetal life influences childhood development by assessing the cognitive abilities of children who were in our earlier study of iron supplementation in pregnancy. Our aim is to assess the children at 4 years to determine if iron nutrition in pregnancy predicts development. This may change the dietary advice we give pregnant women to ensure they give their babies the best start in life.

Funding Amount $AUD 91,562.50

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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