Mission: We bridge fetal, pediatric, maternal and paternal medicine through collaborative research to uncover the very beginnings of health.
Physical, mental and social maternal factors during pregnancy have been shown to affect fetal development and can impact an individual’s health from infancy to adulthood. Many health conditions have been found to originate during this time, including lung disease, metabolic disorders, asthma, heart disease, obesity, neuromuscular disorders, behavioral health disorders, and more. Early and accurate identification of disease predisposition and its causes provides a critical window of opportunity for prevention before full-blown disease develops.
Through research conducted at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, the Perinatal Origins of Disease (POD) initiative bridges fetal, pediatric, and maternal medicine through collaborative research to uncover the very beginnings of health.
Investigators throughout Lurie Children’s and our partners at Northwestern are examining the links between maternal health and a child’s medical outcomes with the goal of developing interventions to give every baby a healthy start in life and improved long-term health.