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Women’s and Children’s Health

Investigators with DOR’s Women’s and Children’s Health section examine a broad spectrum of topics, with a strong focus on translating discoveries in population science to real-world clinical practice around perinatal environment exposures, autism in children, pregnancy-related disorders such as gestational diabetes and perinatal depression, and other issues in women’s health.

Our researchers are associated with important national initiatives, such as the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. With access to a large, diverse patient population, we have designed studies such as Gestational Diabetes’ Effects on Moms, which evaluated a lifestyle diabetes prevention program implemented at the health system level. Our investigators work closely with Kaiser Permanente clinicians who care for pregnant women to explore factors that contribute to perinatal depression, gestational diabetes and other conditions, and to design interventions. We can also tap Kaiser Permanente expertise in predictive analytics to build a neonatal sepsis calculator to predict which newborns may develop the life-threatening disorder.

The section is also home to an active Autism Research Program, whose work spans the entire lifecourse, from prenatal factors in autism through the transition of pediatric patients with autism into adult health care.

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Perinatal Health

DOR investigators have made important contributions to the knowledge of how in-utero and early-life exposures to environmental, behavioral and metabolic factors affect various health risks for a child throughout life.

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Children's Health

DOR investigators have expertise in clinical interventions and quality of care for preterm infants; and childhood conditions, including asthma, obesity, and autism.

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Women's Health

DOR investigators are studying prevention, treatment, and the short- and long-term effects of obesity, excess gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes, and the menopause transition among diverse women.

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Research published by Women’s and Children’s Health investigators.

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Research projects by Women’s and Children’s Health investigators.

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