Project 1: Birth Cohort IKIDS: Illinois Kids Development Study

A Research Partnership with Carle Foundation Hospital, Christie Clinic, Presence Medical Center,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Brigham
and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

IKIDS Study Timeline


Women are recruited at local Ob-Gyn clinics when they are 10-14 weeks pregnant. 

Urine samples are collected throughout pregnancy to assess women's exposure to BPA, phthalates, and other endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). 


Information on women's diet and use of various products is also collected throughout pregnancy to investigate possible sources of exposure to BPA, phthalates, and other EDCs.


Finally, a blood sample is collected in the second trimester to assess maternal metabolic function and inflammatory biomarkers.  We examine whether these maternal factors make children more or less susceptible to exposure to EDCs.  Maternal blood is also archived for future analyses, which may include measuring exposure to other environmental contaminants of concern.