Placental Origins of Positive Child Health
Principal Investigator: Hudson Santos, PhD, RN
Funded by: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development | R03 Grant
Despite many challenges early in life, some children born extremely preterm experience no negative outcomes and have a good quality of life. The biological mechanisms that lead to positive health outcomes among extremely preterm children are not well-understood, however, we do know that placental biology plays a key role in determining child health. In this study, Dr. Santos’ team will integrate multi-omics placental data and genotype to identify molecular pathways early in life that can inform the design of therapies to 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.