Grant for Research on Exposures to Prenatal Toxicants
The project will examine mechanisms through which prenatal toxicant exposure alters fetal and child neurodevelopment and how psychosocial stressors might exacerbate these associations.
The funds will also support establishment of a community working group that will bring together community members, policy makers, public health workers, philanthropists, and scientists with a charge to promote community-guided research science.
The objective is to steer science away from “the biggest effect size” toward making discoveries that families can act on with the (potentially limited) resources they have available. The idea being that a smaller effect size, in a place where change is accessible, will have a much larger societal effect. This award builds foundation for ameliorating the negative consequences of toxic metal exposure in early life.