2016 Progress Report: Center for Children's Health, the Environment, Microbiome, and Metabolomics

EPA Grant Number: R836153
Center: Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, Microbiome, and Metabolomics’ Center
Center Director: McCauley, Linda
Title: Center for Children's Health, the Environment, Microbiome, and Metabolomics
Investigators: McCauley, Linda
Current Investigators: McCauley, Linda , Ryan, P. Barry
Institution: Emory University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2019
Project Period Covered by this Report: September 1, 2015 through August 31,2016
Project Amount: $1,797,870
RFA: Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (2014) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Health , Children's Health

Objective:

The overarching goal of Emory University’s “Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, Microbiome, and Metabolomics (C-CHEM2) is to investigate the interrelationships of components of the prenatal and postnatal environment of the fetus and child (i.e., environmental toxicants, maternal prenatal microbiome, and metabolome) and their impacts upon birth outcome, the infant microbiome and neurodevelopment. The Center seeks to produce new knowledge on the underlying mechanisms of and complex interactions between environmental exposures, microbiome and metabolic factors, and effects on neurodevelopment, to provide opportunities for new cross-disciplinary collaborations, and to disseminate this knowledge to both the scientific and lay community. With regard to the latter, we propose a strong focus on community engagement and the translation of our research findings into meaningful and culturally appropriate messages to communities. Built around our scientific theme of environmental exposures, the microbiome, metabolomics and neurodevelopment, the Center will develop and sustain centralized research resources and infrastructure, promote interdisciplinary research activities, train future generations of environmental health scientists, and conduct significant outreach to clinicians and communities at risk for health effects from environmental exposures. We plan to accomplish these ends through an Administrative Core, support of three thematic research studies, implementation of a pilot project program, and a Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) that will inform the work of the Center and assure that communities benefit from discoveries about environmental exposures and the association with the health of children.

The strategic objectives of the Center are to:

  1. Lead and manage a center that provides infrastructure and resources to support the development and conduct of research to quantify environmental exposures of African American women and infants and their impact upon the child microbiome, metabolome, and neurodevelopment.
  2. Intensify and develop interdisciplinary research collaborations and expand trainee opportunities to promote, sustain, and expand the scientific study of environmental exposures and their association with the child microbiome, metabolome, neurodevelopment and health outcomes.
  3. Translate Center discoveries into effective and sustainable strategies to reduce or counter environmental exposures that negatively impact the child microbiome, metabolome, neurodevelopment and health via engagement of African American families in metropolitan Atlanta to inform the Center on environmental concerns and culturally-relevant, family-centered interventions.

Progress Summary:

Please refer to the detailed descriptions provided in each report for Center projects for a description of the progress made toward meeting the overall goals of the Center.

Future Activities:

Please refer to the detailed descriptions provided in each report for Center projects for a description of the activities planned in order to meet the overall goals of the Center.


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Journal Article Corwin EJ, Hogue CJ, Pearce B, Hill CC, Read TD, Mulle J, Dunlop AL. Protocol for the Emory University African American Vaginal, Oral, and Gut Microbiome in Pregnancy Cohort Study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017;17(1):161 (8 pp.). R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Edwards SM, Cunningham SA, Dunlop AL, Corwin EJ. The maternal gut microbiome during pregnancy. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing 2017;42(6):310-317. R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Frediani JK, Naioti EA, Vos MB, Figueroa J, Marsit CJ, Welsh JA. Arsenic exposure and risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among U.S. adolescents and adults: an association modified by race/ethnicity, NHANES 2005-2014. Environmental Health 2018;17(1):6 (8 pp.). R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Gardinassi LG, Xia J, Safo SE, Li S. Bioinformatics tools for the interpretation of metabolomics data. Current Pharmacology Reports 2017;3(6):374-383. R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Gardinassi LG, Cordy RJ, Lacerda MVG, Salinas JL, Monteiro WM, Melo GC, Siqueira AM, Val FF, Tran V, Jones DP, Galinski MR, Li S. Metabolome-wide association study of peripheral parasitemia in Plasmodium vivax malaria. International Journal of Medical Microbiology 2017;307(8):533-541. R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Li S, Dunlop AL, Jones DP, Corwin EJ. High-resolution metabolomics: review of the field and implications for nursing science and the study of preterm birth. Biological Research for Nursing 2016;18(1):12-22. R836153C001 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Mutic AD, Baker BJ, McCauley LA. Deleterious effects from occupational exposure to ethylene thiourea in pregnant women. Workplace Health and Safety 2017;65(12):595-602. R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Mutic AD, Jordan S, Edwards SM, Ferranti EP, Thul TA, Yang I. The postpartum maternal and newborn microbiomes. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing 2017;42(6):326-331. R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Rodriguez J, Huntington-Moskos L, Johnson A, Williams S, Gulledge E, Feeley C, Rice M. Collecting biological measures for research with children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 2016;30(3):279-283. R836153C002 (2016)
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  • Journal Article Rodriguez J, Jordan S, Mutic A, Thul T. The neonatal microbiome: implications for neonatal intensive care unit nurses. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing 2017;42(6):332-337. R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Runkle J, Flocks J, Economos J, Dunlop AL. A systematic review of Mancozeb as a reproductive and developmental hazard. Environment International 2017; 99:29-42. R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Swales DA, Winiarski DA, Smith AK, Stowe ZN, Newport DJ, Brennan PA. Maternal depression and cortisol in pregnancy predict offspring emotional reactivity in the preschool period. Developmental Psychobiology 2018;60(5):557-566. R836153 (2018)
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  • Journal Article Jordan, S., Baker, B., Dunn, A., Edwards, S., Ferranti, E. Mutic, A., Yang, I., & Rodriguez, J. (2017). Maternal‐child microbiome:Collection, storage, and implications for research and practice. Nursing Research, 66(2), 175‐183. R836153 (2017)
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    Journal Article Rodriguez, J., Huntington-Moskos, L., Johnson, A., Williams, S., Gulledge, E., Feeley, C., & Rice, M. (2016). Collecting biological measures for research with children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Doi 10.1016/j.pedhc.2015.12.007. R836153C002 (2017)
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    Journal Article Rodriguez, J., Jordan, S., Mutic, A., & Thul, T. The neonatal microbiome:Implications for the NICU nurse. MCN:The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. (in press). R836153 (2017)
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    Journal Article Mutic, A., Jordan, S., Ferranti, E., Thul, T., Edwards, S., Yang, I. (2017). The Postpartum and Newborn Microbiomes. MCN; The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. (in press). R836153 (2017)
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    Relevant Websites:

    Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing | Emory Exit

    Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome, and Metabolomics (C-CHEM2) Exit

    Progress and Final Reports:

    Original Abstract
  • 2017 Progress Report
  • 2018 Progress Report
  • Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R836153C001 Characterizing Exposures and Outcomes in an Urban Birth Cohort (CHERUB)
    R836153C002 Microbiome, Environment, and Neurodevelopmental Delay (MEND)
    R836153C003 Metabolic, Microbiome and Toxicant-Related Interactions (MATRIX)