The time between the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday offers a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. The onset of labor until at least 48 hours after birth marks the most dangerous period for both mother and baby, and the first 1,000 days following conception is a critical window of time when many crucial developmental processes occur. There is an urgent need for a broad range of scientific studies to illuminate how fetal, newborn, and infant health outcomes are linked to an interplay of factors including nutrition, infection, and exposure to environmental toxins.
Lack of understanding of the molecular pathways that underlie poor fetal, newborn, and infant health outcomes, and that could illuminate new targets for interventions, including new approaches for treatment and prevention.
To illuminate the root causes of poor fetal, newborn, and infant health outcomes, and to discover new ways to achieve healthy birth, growth, and development.