July 2018 Spotlight

Watkins Receives NIEHS Award to Study Impacts of Hurricane-related Exposure and Stress on Pregnancy Outcomes and Child Development in Puerto Rico

debDr. Deborah Watkins, a researcher for both CRECE’s Project 3 and PROTECT’s Project 1, has been awarded a grant by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study the impacts Hurricane Maria has had on pregnant women, pregnancy outcomes, and early child development in Puerto Rico.

Specifically, Watkins aims to study environmental exposures and psychological stress amongst women within the PROTECT cohort who were pregnant when Hurricane Maria struck the island (93 in total) and how these impacts may be influencing preterm birth rates, birth weight, and measures of early child development.

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