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EB Research - Perinatal Epidemiology
Air Quality and Reproductive Health - Consortium on Safe Labor, Consecutive Pregnancy Study
Air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been associated with increased infant mortality, preterm delivery and restricted fetal growth. We use the Community-Multiscale Air Model (CMAQ) to determine exposure for criteria air pollutants including PM2.5 and ozone as well as over 30 air toxics, temperature and relative humidity to examine birth outcome risks in the Consortium on Safe Labor. Nearly 230,000 deliveries from 12 clinical centers across the United States have regional air pollution exposure assigned by CMAQ as well as using other air pollution modeling strategies based on monitor data. Exposure models for the CSL were completed in July 2013. Air data will also be associated with the Consecutive Pregnancy Study which contains labor, delivery and newborn records for multiple births to more than 50,000 women delivering in 20 Utah hospitals. Exposure models for the Consecutive Pregnancy Study will be completed in 2013.
Pauline Mendola, Ph.D.