FEATURED FACULTY RESEARCH
AHA CENTER GRANT WILL EXPLORE EARLY LIFE ORIGINS OF HEART HEALTH
Heart health in children will be the focus of three closely synergistic research projects and an integrated multidisciplinary training program, that are newly funded by a $3.7 million four-year grant in partnership with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern’s Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences.
PROMOTING HEALTHY BRAINS
The Promoting Healthy Brain Project examines the impact of prenatal stress reduction on maternal well-being and early life neurodevelopment. It is supported by the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Stanley Manne Research Institute. The multidisciplinary team includes 10 investigators across medical, psychological, engineering, and pharmacology fields.
THE SCIENCE OF WHEN TO WORRY
Dr. Wakschlag and her collaborators have generated the first “developmentally-sensitive toolkit” specifically designed to enhance early identification of mental health issues. Most recently this work has focused on the neurodevelopment of irritability to distinguish between misbehavior that is expected in early childhood and that which is cause for clinical concern.
How Racism Affects Health Outcomes
Dr. Nia Heard-Garris examines structural racism as pervasive stressor and its effects, including how racism is portrayed in the media and can have an effect on children.
Love, Money, and Parenting
Dr. Matthias Doepke and Dr. Fabrizio Zilibotti have published a book titled “Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids,” using the tool of economics to understand why, and how, child-rearing practices vary so much over time and across societies.
FACULTY SEED FUNDS
The objective of the DevSci pilot research initiatives, hosted in the DevSci Center for Research Incubation, is to support pilot work and collaborative efforts to enhance the competitiveness of extramural grant submissions in the developmental sciences for faculty at all levels. Special focus is placed on the outsized impact of early development and experience and the critical importance of building a science base towards earlier identification and prevention across the lifespan.