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UNC Faculty Member Receives NIDDKD Grant to Study Preconceptual Health of Latinas and its Association With Child Overweight, Obesity

Dr. Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, associate professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a grant of $704,562 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Dr. Sotres-Alvarez will study the preconceptual health of Latinas and its association with child adiposity.

“This study will improve understanding of the association between the health of a mother before she conceives and childhood obesity,” Dr. Sotres-Alvarez said. “This is a topic that is not well studied, yet one that is important, given the poor cardiovascular status and high prevalence of childhood obesity among Hispanics/Latinos.”

Study results will be used to design better intervention studies to ensure that Hispanic/Latina women can be as healthy as possible before conceiving and that their children will be healthy and well.

Co-principal investigator for the grant is Dr. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Dr. Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing.

Grant to support study of preconceptual health of Latinas and its association with child overweight, obesity

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