Stress Exposure and Immune Outcomes in Children

Duration: 2014 - 2018
Funding: National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Principal Investigator: Mark T. Greenberg
Principal Investigator: Tom O'Connor
Principal Investigator: Lynne Vernon-Feagans
Partners: University of Rochester, University of North Carolina

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This was a study of the immune function and stress exposure of children in the Family Life Project, which recruited 1,292 families living in rural Pennsylvania and North Carolina at the time of their child’s birth in 2003, and the children have been continuously studied throughout childhood.  FLP oversamples children in poverty to understand the effects of adversity on development.

During home visits, parents and children completed a series of questionnaires.  Blood was drawn from children in order to quantify immune markers and indicators of chronic inflammation.

Project Team