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Assessing Health of
Memphis, Tenn. (April 25, 2008) – Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Preventive Medicine are looking for pregnant women to participate in a research study of development and learning in babies from birth to three years of age. Eligible participants for the CANDLE Research Study (Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood) are: (1) up to 29 weeks (7 months) pregnant; (2) having a normal pregnancy and (3) living in Shelby County, Tennessee. A total of 1,500 women and their babies will participate in CANDLE.
Sponsored by The Urban Child Institute and the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, CANDLE is being conducted by the
Department of Preventive Medicine in conjunction with
The CANDLE study is being undertaken because
Additionally, several studies conducted over the past few decades have provided evidence that genetics, cultural and family influences, physical surroundings, and factors including biological, chemical, and man-made environmental substances are associated with birth weight and cognitive development in our children. (Profile of Selected Cities; Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2003).
Representative and comprehensive data are needed to evaluate children’s experiences during the critical years before school attendance and to influence policy and interventions that will improve their overall development and ability to learn.
In response to this need and the high-risk indicators
of poor health and well-being that children in
The study will follow the mother and her baby from birth to three years of age. Reimbursement will be provided for participation in the study, which requires a total of eight visits over the three-year duration of the study. Call 448-8400 or visit the CANDLE website (www.candlestudy.org) for information about how to participate in this important research study.
Principal Investigators for CANDLE are Grant W.
Somes, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, and Owen
Phillips, MD, professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
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