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UNC Faculty Member Awarded NINR Grant to Study Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Preterm Children

Dr. Hudson Santos, assistant professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and member of the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions (IEHS) at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received about $395,000 in grants funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research.

The grant project will work to establish relationships between DNA methylation, maternal hardship and neurodevelopmental impairment in extremely preterm children. Its ultimate goal is to prevent or minimize that impairment.

The three-year study, “Placental DNA Methylation, Maternal Hardship and Child Neurodevelopmental Outcomes,” aims to:

Dr. Santos’s team includes Dr. Rebecca Fry, IEHS director and Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering in the UNC Gillings School; and Dr. Xianming Tan, associate professor, and Dr. Matthew Psioda, assistant professor, both in the Gillings School’s biostatistics department.

[Photo by Omar Lopez]

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