Maternal and Infant Environmental Exposure Project (MIEEP)

Chemicals in Our Bodies Project

Study of environmental chemical exposures in pregnant women and their infants

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The Maternal and Infant Environmental Exposure Project (MIEEP), also known as the Chemicals in our Bodies Project, is a collaborative study involving Biomonitoring California, the University of California (UC) San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. The project measures environmental chemical exposures in 65 mother-infant pairs and an additional 27 pregnant women. English- and Spanish-speaking pregnant women were recruited at San Francisco General Hospital in 2010-2011.  Urine samples and questionnaire information were collected in the third trimester of pregnancy, and maternal and umbilical cord blood samples were collected at delivery.

Project Publications

Morello-Frosch et al. (2016)

Morello-Frosch R, Cushing LJ, Jesdale BM, Schwartz JM, Guo W, Guo T, Wang M, Harwani S, Petropoulou S-SE, Duong W, Park J-S, Petreas M, Gajek R, Alvaran J, She J, Dobraca D, Das R, Woodruff TJ (2016). Environmental chemicals in an urban population of pregnant women and their newborns from San Francisco. Environ Sci Technol  DOI:10.1021/acs.est.6b03492. Epub: 2016 October 4. Link to abstract on Pubmed

Dickenson et al. (2013)

Dickenson CA, Woodruff TJ, Stotland NE, Dobraca D, Das R. Elevated mercury levels in pregnant woman linked to skin cream from Mexico. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013; Aug. 209(2):e4-5. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2013.05.030. Epub 2013 May 16. Free full text article

Project Type: 

Full project collaboration

Project Status: 

Ongoing

Participants: 

92 pregnant women and their infants (65 mother-infant pairs and 27 pregnant women)

Sample Collection Date: 

2010 to 2011

Sample Collection Area: 

San Francisco

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