Researchers to study the influence of nutrition on brain development

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are seeking participants for a research study designed to understand the health and nutritional factors that influence infant brain development in order to provide better care to newborns in the developing world. Scientists in the CHILD Imaging Lab are inviting expectant mothers and families with infants in the Denver area to participate in the study.

Worldwide, approximately one out of every four children under the age of two suffers from stunted growth caused by insufficient nutrition in utero and during the first two years of life. Children who experience stunting are, on average, 4-6 inches shorter than their healthy peers, more likely to contract disease and have a reduced ability to learn.   Children in developing countries often suffer because of a lack of access to the right variety of foods and the right amount of foods.

Under the direction of Sean Deoni, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology at the CU School of Medicine, researchers in the CHILD Imaging Lab based in Children’s Hospital Colorado hope to understand how factors like prenatal maternal nutrition and health affect infant brain growth and development. Over the course of this study researchers will assess nutritional health, cognitive performance, and infant brain structure and function.

Expectant mothers less than 22 weeks pregnant, or families with healthy infants between three and 15 months of age may be eligible to participate. Participants will be asked to come to the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora for two to six visits and will be reimbursed for their time.

This study is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports nongovernmental organizations in the developing world to implement interventions that educate parents about nutritional needs of their children and to provide greater access to the right variety of foods and vitamins.

For more information, please call the CHILD Imaging Lab at (720)777-8756 e-mail,, or visit <a href="http://www la”>  Questions about research participant rights and responsibilities can be directed to the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board at 303-724-1055, please reference COMIRB #15-0707.


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