Marie Camerota, PhD, and Cathi Propper, PhD, from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Developmental Science, will lead a study titled “Influence of Prenatal Inflammation and Diet on Infant Sleep Quality.” This study will investigate the role of prenatal inflammation and nutrition in the prediction of sleep quality in the first six months of life within an exclusively African-American sample. Leveraging infant sleep data (at three and six months) from a parent project, this pilot study will use biomarkers of prenatal inflammation and nutrition and objective measurement of subsequent infant sleep to explore these critical associations. According to the study’s investigators, this is an important step toward understanding the intergenerational transmission of race-related health disparities.

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