Kids, Imaging and Developmental Outcome (KIDO) Project
Some, but not all, children born after toxic exposures during pregnancy grow to have developmental and behavioral challenges. Treatment is more effective if begun early, however identifying children at greatest risk is difficult until clinical problems have begun to occur. We are beginning to study children born after in utero toxic exposures with neuroimaging and developmental assessments beginning in the first months of life in an effort to better understand the neurologic mechanisms resulting in cognitive and behavioral delay. We hope this work will lead to improved approach to early diagnosis and treatment of these children.