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URMC / Clinical & Translational Science Institute / Stories / February 2021 / UR CTSI-Funded Researcher Finds Negative Effects of Caffeine in Utero

UR CTSI-Funded Researcher Finds Negative Effects of Caffeine in Utero

pregnant woman holding cup of coffeeNew research from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study at URMC finds caffeine consumed during pregnancy can change important brain pathways that could lead to behavioral problems later in life. Zachary Christensen, first author of the study and a UR CTSI-funded M.D/Ph.D. candidate at URMC, was part of a team that analyzed more than 9,000 brain scans of nine and ten-year-olds that revealed changes in the brain structure in children who were exposed to caffeine in utero.

Learn more about this finding from the Rochester ABCD study.

Michael Hazard | 2/12/2021

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