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Head circumference trajectory in early childhood in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil: associated factors and relationship with child development

Grant number: 21/01688-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2021
Effective date (End): February 28, 2023
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Collective Health - Epidemiology
Principal researcher:Marly Augusto Cardoso
Grantee:Isabel Giacomini Marques
Home Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/00270-6 - MINA study - materno-infantil no Acre: birth cohort in the Western Brazilian Amazon, AP.TEM


In Brazil, there are few longitudinal studies evaluating child growth and development, with even more limited data in the Amazon region. The present study aims to investigate child growth trajectories with an emphasis on head circumference, associated factors and impact on child development in the MINA-Brazil birth cohort. Data obtained in the first two years of life, such as perinatal characteristics, morbidities, dietary practices and intestinal microbiota, will be analyzed in order to explore predictors of head growth and child development at the age of five. The proposed project seeks to present scientific evidence that supports public policies focused on promoting maternal and child health, integrating different aspects that compose early childhood. The results may contribute to the definition of priorities and guide programs and public policies to promote growth and adequate development in early childhood, aiming at reducing inequalities in contexts of high social vulnerability. (AU)

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