The Interplay of Maternal Diet with Environmental Exposures in Pregnancy
Online in Zoom
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Rita Strakovsky, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor of Maternal Nutrition and Toxicology in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University. Dr. Strakovsky's research focuses on various modifiable lifestyle and environmental factors that can be targeted to protect maternal and child health. She has worked extensively in rodent pregnancy models to study the effects of maternal diet or exposure to environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on the epigenetic regulation of energy metabolism in offspring. Driven by findings from these studies, my current research in human populations uses molecular epidemiology and biostatistics techniques to address several questions related to the health of mom and her developing fetus during pregnancy: 

  • Does exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in pregnancy impact maternal hormone levels and how does that impact fetal development via dysregulation of fetal fatty acid supply? (supported by K99/R00 award from NIEHS).

  • Does exposure to phthalates in pregnancy impact maternal long-term cardiometabolic health, and does hormonal disruption mediate this relationship? (supported by R01 award from NIEHS).

  • Do mixtures of dietary micronutrients impact length of gestation, and does diet quality or exposure to environmental chemicals modify this relationship? (supported by Administrative Supplement from NIH Office of Dietary Supplements).

  • How does maternal obesity and adiposity impact biomarkers of reproductive endpoints in newborns, and does this differ in male vs. female babies? (supported by R03 award from NICHD).

  • Is perinatal obesity associated with maternal mitochondrial epigenetic disruption and is that related to newborn weight or gestational age at birth? (supported by pilot grant from Michigan Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes cohort (ECHO))
Integrated Health Sciences Core (IHSC) of the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)

The Interplay of Maternal Diet with Environmental Exposures in Pregnancy

Environmental Research Webinar Series (Integrated Health Sciences Core of M-LEEaD)

icon to add this event to your google calendarOctober 4, 2022
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
Online in Zoom
Sponsored by: Integrated Health Sciences Core (IHSC) of the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Contact Information: Meredith McGehee (mcgehee@umich.edu)

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Rita Strakovsky, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor of Maternal Nutrition and Toxicology in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University. Dr. Strakovsky's research focuses on various modifiable lifestyle and environmental factors that can be targeted to protect maternal and child health. She has worked extensively in rodent pregnancy models to study the effects of maternal diet or exposure to environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on the epigenetic regulation of energy metabolism in offspring. Driven by findings from these studies, my current research in human populations uses molecular epidemiology and biostatistics techniques to address several questions related to the health of mom and her developing fetus during pregnancy: 

  • Does exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in pregnancy impact maternal hormone levels and how does that impact fetal development via dysregulation of fetal fatty acid supply? (supported by K99/R00 award from NIEHS).

  • Does exposure to phthalates in pregnancy impact maternal long-term cardiometabolic health, and does hormonal disruption mediate this relationship? (supported by R01 award from NIEHS).

  • Do mixtures of dietary micronutrients impact length of gestation, and does diet quality or exposure to environmental chemicals modify this relationship? (supported by Administrative Supplement from NIH Office of Dietary Supplements).

  • How does maternal obesity and adiposity impact biomarkers of reproductive endpoints in newborns, and does this differ in male vs. female babies? (supported by R03 award from NICHD).

  • Is perinatal obesity associated with maternal mitochondrial epigenetic disruption and is that related to newborn weight or gestational age at birth? (supported by pilot grant from Michigan Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes cohort (ECHO))

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