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Environment and Child's Health: the INMA Spanish Study

Ribas-Fitáo, Núria*; Ramón, Rosa; Ballester, Ferran; Grimalt, Joan§; Marco, Alfredo; Olea, Nicolás; Posada, Manuel**; Rebagliato, Marisa††; Tardón, Adonina††; Torrent, Maties‡‡; Sunyer, Jordi*§§on behalf of the INMA Study Group

ISEE/ISEA 2006 Conference Abstracts Supplement: Symposium Abstracts: Abstracts

*Institut Municipal d'Investigació Mèdica, Barcelona, Spain; †Departamento de Salud Pública, Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain; ‡Escola Valenciana d'Estudis en Salut-CS-GV, Valencia, Spain; §Institut d'Investigacions Químiques i Ambientals, Barcelona, Spain; ¶Hospital Universitario La Fe-CS-GV, Valencia, Spain; ∥Hospital Universitario San Cecilio–SAS-UGR, Granada, Spain; **Instituto de Investigación de Enfermedades Raras-ISCIII, Madrid, Spain; ††Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain; ‡‡Àrea de Salut de Menorca–IB-Salut, Maó, Spain; and §§Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Barcelona, Spain


Symposium Title: Measuring In Utero Exposures in Longitudinal Children Studies: What, Why, How, and When

Symposium Organizers: Georges Salines and Stéphanie Vandentorren Institut de Veille Sanitaire, Saint-Maurice, France

The INMA (INfancia y Medio Ambiente [Spanish for Environment and Childhood]) is a population-based cohort study in different Spanish cities that focuses on prenatal environmental exposures and growth, development, and health from early fetal life until childhood. The study focuses on 5 primary areas of research: 1) growth and physical development, 2) behavioral and cognitive development, 3) asthma and allergies, 4) sexual and reproductive development, and 5) environmental exposure levels and pathways. The general aims of the project are: 1) to describe the degree of individual prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants, and the internal dose of chemicals during pregnancy, at birth and childhood in Spain; 2) to evaluate the impact of the exposure to different contaminants on fetal and infants’ growth, health, and development; 3) to evaluate the role of diet on fetal and infants’ growth, health, and development; and 4) to evaluate the interaction between persistent pollutants, nutrients, and genetic determinants on fetal and infant growth, health, and development.

Extensive assessments are going to be carried out on 3300 pregnant women and children. Data are going to be collected by physical examinations, questionnaires, interviews, ultrasound, and biologic samples. Pregnant women are being assessed at 10–13, 20, and 28–32 weeks of gestation to collect information about environmental exposures and fetal growth. The children will be followed until the age of 4.

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