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National Institute of Mental Health

A portion of this study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health through Award Number 1R01MH126531-01. The "COVID-19 Mother Baby Outcomes (COMBO): brain-behavior functioning study" investigates socioemotional brain circuits (fronto-limbic) using sMRI, as well as caregiving and bonding behavior in 100 mother-child dyads from prepartum to 18 months postpartum.

Co-PIs: Dani Dumitriu, Catherine Monk, Rachel Marsh


US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & Abt Associates

A portion of this study is funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through Contract # 75D30120C08150 with Abt Associates. The "ESPI COMBO study" will follow the babies born to mothers enrolled in the Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in Pregnancy and Infancy (ESPI) Community Cohort study.

PI of ESPI study: Melissa Stockwell

PI of ESPI COMBO study: Dani Dumitriu


Columbia Population Research Center

The Columbia Population Research Center is sponsoring this work through 2 pilot awards:

“The impact of gestational diabetes mellitus and gestational hypertension on neurodevelopmental outcomes in the context of maternal stress and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic”

PIs: William Fifer, Carmela Alcántara, and Noelia Zork
Investigators: Morgan Firestein, Maristella Lucchini, and Lauren Shuffrey

"The impact of maternal race and psychosocial stress in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic on mother and newborn sleep health."

PIs: Dani Dumitriu and Catherine Monk

Investigators: Maristella Lucchini, Maggie Kyle, Vanessa Babineau, Cristina Fernandez, Carmela Alcántara


Nurture Science Program

Nurture Science Program, through their strategic partnership with Einhorn Collaborative as well as generous support of other donors, is sponsoring COMBO with dedicated effort and facilities.

PI: Martha Welch


W.K. Kellogg Foundation

A portion of this study is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), a foundation that provides grants to programs working to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to thrive and achieve success as they grow up.

PI: Dani Dumitriu


Departmental Support

The Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry are sponsoring this work through discretionary funds.


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