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Child Dev Perspect. 2019 Sep;13(3):193-198. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12338. Epub 2019 Jul 23.

Placental Studies for Child Development.

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1
Departments of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center.
2
Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Rochester Medical Center.
3
Placental Analytics LLC.

Abstract

Research on children's psychological and behavioral development readily incorporates changing biological models and techniques. In this article, we suggest that, in response to increasing evidence of robust influences of prenatal exposures on children's neurodevelopment and mental and physical health, developmental science also needs to consider the placenta's role in development. We argue why placental mechanisms are plausible targets in developmental science, and suggest initial and practical steps toward integrating placenta markers and mechanisms into research on child development.

KEYWORDS:

Placenta; developmental programming; neurodevelopment

PMID:
31413725
PMCID:
PMC6693854
[Available on 2020-09-01]
DOI:
10.1111/cdep.12338

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