Developmental Impact of NICU Exposures (DINE)Research Question:
Does exposure to phthalate in the neonatal intensive care unit harm cognitive development
of pre-term infants?
Basic Study Information
Purpose:Location: University of Rochester
The DINE study will test the hypothesis that potentially avoidable NICU-based exposures
contribute to the neuro-cognitive and somatic impairments prevalent among NICU graduates.
This hypothesis is drawn from the documented impact of phthalate exposure on early
development in term-born children, and the acknowledged presence of these toxic chemicals
the NICU. Third trimester in utero exposure to phthalates have been linked to poorer
childhood performance in cognition, motor function, attention, hyperactivity and social
behavior. Phthalate exposure is also associated with altered onset of puberty and
multi-site cohort and approach will clarify the role of NICU-based phthalate exposure
high-prevalence clinical outcomes.
Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)
Lead Researcher: Gloria Pryhuber
Study Contact InformationStudy Coordinator: Gloria S Pryhuber, MD
Phone: (718) 839-7009
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