Department of Pediatrics - Seychelles Child Development Study


The Seychelles Child Development Study is funded by grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Institute of Health as follows:

  • Sunset in SeychellesR01ES10219-01A1. Factors Modifying the Toxicity of Methyl Mercury in a Fish Eating Population. This grant has been testing the hypothesis that certain micronutrients in fish may be beneficial to the child development and protective against the neurotoxic effects of methylmercury.
  • 5R01ES008442-07. Methylmercury Effect on Adolescent Development. This grant continues the Seychelles Main Study, investigating the hypothesis that prenatal or postnatal exposure to MeHg from fish consumption leads to delayed neurotoxicity.
  • P30 ES01247. Environmental Agents as Modulators of Disease Processes. This grant funds the University of Rochester’s Environmental Health Sciences center and provides core services support for the Mercury laboratory.
  • 1 R01 ES015578. Mercury Vapor from Amalgam and Methylmercury Co-Exposure on Neurodevelopment. The aim of the project is to quantify the level of risk for adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes attributable to prenatal and postnatal co-exposure to Hg vapor and MeHg.
  • 1 R21 ES015487-01A1. Autism in a Fish Eating Population. This project is designed to assess the prevalence of autism symptoms in three cohorts of adolescents recruited from the Seychelles Child Development Study.
  • 2T32 ES-007271. Training in Environmental Health Biostatistics. This grant supports students from the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology who participate in the study.

The SCDS also participates in Public Health Impact of Long-Term Mixed Element Exposure (PHIME), a project funded by the European Union. Funds from this project support operations in the Seychelles and at Ulster University.

The project also receives support from the Government of the Republic of the Seychelles and the United States Food and Drug Administration.


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