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


  • Assess sources of exposure to phthalates, BPA and other endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in pregnant women.
  • Examine the relationship between prenatal exposures to EDCs and children’s physical and cognitive function at birth and during the first 5 years of life.
  • Investigate whether there are risk factors such as maternal obesity or a maternal diet high in saturated fat that increase susceptibility to prenatal exposure to EDCs.
  • Examine the hypothesis that increased oxidative stress or inflammation may mediate associations between prenatal exposure to EDCs and children’s physical development or cognitive function.
  • Investigate whether prenatal exposure to EDCs affects the child's gut microbiome which could in turn impact the child's development and health.