Born to be Wise: Impact of Modifiable Early-life Environmental Exposures on the Health and Development of Children

Project number: 
Approval date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019
Principal Investigator: 
van den Bosch,Matilda
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR)
Datasets requested: 
Early Development Instrument (Human Early Learning Partnership)
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
Perinatal Services BC
Consolidation file (BC Ministry of Health)
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Births (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Research objective: 

a) Objectives/research questions:
Objective 1. To identify whether exposure to natural environments (NE) is positively associated with early childhood
development and health.
Objective 2. To identify whether exposure to traffic related air pollution (TRAP) and noise are negatively associated with childrens early childhood development.
Objective 3. To identify whether areas of high NE are associated with reduced negative effects on early development of TRAP or noise exposures.
Objective 4. To identify if exposure to NE moderates the effect of poor SES on early childhood development.

b) Hypotheses:
Hypothesis 1. We hypothesize that higher exposure to NE will improve early development.
Hypothesis 2. We hypothesize that exposure to TRAP and noise will adversely affect early development.
Hypothesis 3. We hypothesize that NE moderate the adverse effects of TRAP and noise on early development, thus a positive effect of NE on early development would be, at least partly, mediated by a reduction in TRAP/noise.
Hypothesis 4. We hypothesize that exposure to NE will diminish SES-related disparities in
early development.

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