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Funding

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 Seychelles5R01 ES10219. 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 methyl mercury.
  • 5R01 ES008442. Methyl mercury 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 Methyl mercury 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.
  • 1R21 ES015487. 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 project also receives support from the Government of the Republic of the Seychelles. The SCDS has also received funding from the United States Food and Drug Administration, and has participated in Public Health Impact of Long-Term Mixed Element Exposure (PHIME), a project funded by the European Union.