Our LEAD project, funded by the National Institutes of Health is seeking to understand the effects of environmental lead exposure early brain and functional development. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that there is no safe level of lead exposure yet in many communities throughout the USA children are exposed to lead through old paint or through our drinking water. In Rhode Island, the Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program mandates that all children under 6 years of age receive yearly lead testing. These checks typically begin when your child is 9-15months of age, and continue yearly.
As part of this project, we are recruiting families with infants (9-15 months of age)) who have a reported elevated (blood lead level, BLL, > 2ug/dL). The study involves assessments of infant health, cognitive performance (such as IQ, language development, etc.) and brain development (assessed by magnetic resonance imaging, MRI) at enrolment and again 1 year later. We also have detailed questionnaires about family environment, and child activities. All assessments are safe and painless for you and your infant.
All participating families will be reimbursed for their time and travel, and receive study-related information related to their child.
For further information or to enrol, please contact:
General Questions: (401) 338-6943