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

Meet the Research Team

Principal Investigator

Susan Schantz

Susan Schantz is a neurotoxicologist and a professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences. She directs the Research Center and leads the IKIDS Project.

Email: schantz@illinois.edu 
Telephone: (217) 333-6230


Co-Investigators

Andrea Aguiar

Andrea Aguiar is a developmental psychologist with expertise in infant cognition, and a research faculty in the Department of Comparative Biosciences. She manages all aspects of the IKIDS Project and assists the Center Director.

Email: aaguiar@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 300-9235

Renee Baillargeo

Renee Baillargeon is a developmental psychologist in the Department of Psychology.  She directs the Infant Cognition Research Lab, where IKIDS infants are assessed at 4-5 and 10-11 months of age.

Email: rbaillar@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 333-5557

Jodie Flaws

Jodie Flaws is a reproductive toxicologist and a professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences. She is the associate director of the Center and a co-investigator on the IKIDS project.

Email: jflaws@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 333-7933

Joseph Gardiner

Joseph Gardiner is a biostatistician and the director of the Division of Biostatistics in of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University.  He provides statistical expertise for the study.

Email: gardine3@msu.edu 
Telephone: (517) 353.8623 x110

Susan Korrick

Susan Korrick is an environmental epidemiologist & occupational-environmental medicine physician. She is an Asst. Professor of Medicine at Harvard, the Dept. of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health, and a Physician at Brigham & Women's Hospital. She leads Project 2 and provides epidemiological expertise for the IKIDS project.
Email: susan.korrick@channing.harvard.edu
Telephone: (617) 525-2771

Daniel Hyde

Daniel Hyde is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist in the Department of Psychology. He directs the Brain and Cognitive Development Lab where IKIDS infants are assessed with brain measures during the first year of life.

Email: dchyde@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217)300-0382

Yuan-Xiang Pan

Yuan-Xiang Pan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition.. The long-term goal of his research is to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms by which maternal dietary factors influence the risk of issues in later life, in order that effective interventions can be developed.  He provides nutritional expertise for the IKIDS project.
Email: yxpan@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217)333-3466

Coordinators

Mary Waekfield is the Project Manager for the IKIDS project. She has a background in public health and as a clinical research coordinator in neuroscience. She works on data collection and management, the overall functions of the project, and with collaborators and partners on the
ECHO grant.
Email: maryw2@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 333-5814

Ann Hart worked as a doula before joining the research team. She is now a Project Coordinator on the IKIDS project. She works full time managing the project, enrolling and interviewing pregnant women, collecting samples, doing physical measurements, cognitive testing and assessing attention and memory of infants in the IKIDS project.
Email: amhart@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 333-5814

Synthia Lane

SynDee Lane is a Research Scientist who was involved in research for over 12 years before joining the IKIDS project. She is a Research Coordinator and Project Coordinator on the IKIDS study. She is involved in all aspects of data collection and cognitive testing, helps manage the project and trains and supervises the undergraduate students who work as RAs.
Email: sjlane@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 300-6465

Mindy Howe is a Project Coordinator on the IKIDS project. She works full time managing the project, doing physical measurements, cognitive testing and assessing attention and memory of infants in the IKIDS project. Mindy also works with data entry and management, as well as training and supervising undergraduate students who work as RAs
Email: mahowe@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 333-5814

Stephanie Pregent is a Project Coordinator on the KIDS project. She works part time on the project auditing, managing data and databases. She also helps with coordination of OLLI volunteers who assist with the study.

Email: spregent@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 333-5814

Darcie Reckers worked as a Coordinator and Financial Analyst in breast cancer and biomedical research in a hospital setting before joining the IKIDS team. She is now a Project Coordinator on the IKIDS project. She works full time assisting with management of the project, enrolling and interviewing pregnant women, collecting samples, doing physical measurements, cognitive testing and assessing attention and memory of infants in the IKIDS project.
Email: reckers@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 333-5814

Post-docs

Rita Strakovsky

Rita Strakovsky is a Post-doctoral fellow with a background in nutrition and dietetics.  She works as part of the IKIDS team to enroll, recruit, and interview pregnant study participants. She assists with physical assessments of infants and the processing and organization of any bio-specimens collected as part of the study.
Email: strakovs@illinois.edu
Telephone: (217) 333-5814

Jessica Shoaff is a Post-doctoral fellow working in Dr. Susan Korrick's laboratory. She assists Dr. Korrick with aspects of IKIDS Project 1: Birth Cohort and Project 1: Adolescent Cohort.

Email: reshj@channing.harvard.edu

Graduate Students

Kelsey Dzwilewski

Kelsey Dzwilewski is a graduate student in neuroscience. She helps with recruiting, enrolling and interviewing pregnant women and with physical and cognitive assessments of infants in the study.

Email: dzwilew2@illinois.edu

Francheska Merced

Francheska Merced is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program. She helps with the process of recruitment, enrollment and interviews of pregnant women.  She also helps with the physical and cognitive assessments of the infants in the study.

Email: mercedn2@illinois.edu