Assistant Professor Hudson Santos, PhD, RN, has received nearly $150,000 in research funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development to conduct his project “Placental Origins of Positive Child Health Outcomes”. Congratulations, Dr. Santos!

Project Narrative
Using unparalleled, robust existing data from Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborns (ELGAN) study, we will integrate multi-omics datasets such as placental gene expression and related miRNAs, DNA methylation and genotype to identify biological pathways related to positive health and prenatal protective factors among extremely preterm children. This research has strong public health implications by identifying molecular pathways early in life that can inform the design of therapies to optimize neurodevelopment and increase the likelihood of positive child health, thus decreasing healthcare costs and improving quality of life across the lifespan for thousands of children born extremely preterm worldwide.

Co-investigators:
Rebecca Fry – School of Public Health, Environmental Sciences
Thomas O-Shea – School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Fei Zou – School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics

Award Number: R03 HD101413
Project Dates: 04/08/2020 – 03/31/2022
Project Title: Placental Origins of Positive Child Health Outcomes