Pregnant women and their children will be recruited within randomly selected neighborhoods across the county to take part in the National Children’s Study. The Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric, and Environmental Epidemiology (CPPEE) will coordinate the National Children’s Study for New Haven County.
The CPPEE was created in 2002 from the Yale Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (founded in 1979) to conduct population-based studies concerning the health and well-being of pregnant women, newborns, and infants. The expansion to a Center reflects increased involvement into research of broader environmental influences on the health of older children and adults, as well as the study of relationships between the health of a pregnancy and subsequent adult health, sometimes called “life course” epidemiology.
Of major, current interest are studies in asthma, including studies in pregnancy, early infancy, and later childhood. These studies particularly involve examination of the interaction between the genotype with perinatal and environmental risk factors that lead to early onset and more severe asthma in children and young adults. Studies are also being conducted on the causes of preeclampsia, which continues to be a leading cause of morbidity in pregnancy, and the relationship between emotional health and pregnancy outcome, and other environmental factors for their influence on fetal development and survival.
CPPEE Co-Directors: Michael B. Bracken, Ph.D. and Brian P. Leaderer, Ph.D.
CPPEE Deputy Director: Kathleen Belanger, Ph.D.