Events, exposures, and experiences occurring before birth and in the earliest stages of a child’s life are important determinants of future health and well-being. The “First 1,000 Days” spanning from conception to age three, is widely accepted as a critical window of opportunity to positively impact the future health of individuals, and thus societies. Illinois researchers are engaged in major transdisciplinary research initiatives that target maternal and child health during this critical period, and are poised to take advantage of the huge opportunities for basic and translational research that will exist in the future.

IHSI research development specialist Maggie Berg is leading the charge to help the maternal and child health community find collaborators, partnerships, and resources. If you would like more information about this program area, contact Maggie today.