Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Bleil Receives R01 Grant from NIH!

Posted: 6/25/2021 (CSDE Research)

Congratulations to CSDE Affiliate Dr. Maria Bleil, Research Assistant Professor in Nursing, who recently received a NIH/NHLBI R01 Grant to study the effect of postnatal parenting support in primary care on cardiometabolic health in early childhood among at-risk families. The study aims to determine whether benefits of a Promoting First Relationships (PFR intervention), originally designed to impact parent-child behavioral and relationship outcomes in infancy extend to the child’s cardiometabolic health in early childhood. NIH funding will support the return of 214 mother-child dyads (85% of 252 total families) who participated in the original RCT. CSDE will provide support for the biomarker data collection, including assistance in developing protocols and training the study staff to conduct on-site point-of-care blood testing, and to collect biospecimens. CSDE’s Biodemography Lab will assay the resulting specimens for biomarkers that may be related to cardiometabolic health. Once the data are collected, CSDE will be supporting Bleil’s statistical analyses.

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