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Boston Birth Cohort Study

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03228875
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : July 25, 2017
Last Update Posted : October 5, 2022
Boston Medical Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Brief Summary:
Early life exposures may lead to adverse effects on health in later life. The Boston birth Cohort study is designed to study a broad array of early life factors and their effects on maternal and child health outcomes.

Condition or disease
Maternal Health Child Health Pregnancy Complications Birth Outcome, Adverse

Detailed Description:

Any woman admitted to the Labor and Delivery floor at the Boston Medical Center (BMC) who delivers a singleton live infant and meets our case (gestational age <37 weeks or birthweight <2,500 grams) or control (full term birth with birthweight >2,500 grams) criteria will be eligible.

Postnatal follow-up of enrolled mother-child pair is conducted from birth to age 21 years.

The Boston Birth Cohort has high-quality biospecimen collection, and comprehensive epidemiological, clinical, and environmental exposure data via standardized questionnaire interview, measurements, and review of the electronic medical records.

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Study Type : Observational [Patient Registry]
Estimated Enrollment : 24000 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Target Follow-Up Duration: 21 Years
Official Title: Early Life Origins of Pediatric and Adult Diseases: Boston Birth Cohort Study
Actual Study Start Date : October 1998
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2028
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2028

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pregnancy complications [ Time Frame: At birth ]
    Multiple pregnancy complications are examined including gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

  2. Birth outcomes - preterm birth [ Time Frame: At birth ]
    Birth outcomes are examined - preterm birth.

  3. Birth outcomes - birthweight [ Time Frame: At birth ]
    Birth outcomes are examined - birthweight.

  4. Child health outcomes [ Time Frame: From birth to 21 years ]
    Multiple child health outcomes are examined including food allergy, asthma, child's overweight or obesity, blood pressure, and child neuro-developmental outcomes.

  5. Maternal health outcomes [ Time Frame: After delivery to 21 years ]
    Multiple maternal health outcomes are measured including blood pressure, weight, height, physician diagnosis.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Plasma, red blood cell, placenta, urine, DNA, RNA, Swab, Stool

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Ages Eligible for Study:   0 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
US, predominantly urban, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color).

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Mothers who deliver singleton live births at Boston Medical Center are eligible for the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancies that are a result of in vitro fertilization or that involve multiple gestations, fetal chromosomal abnormalities or major birth defects.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03228875

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Contact: Xiaobin Wang, MD, ScD 410-9555824 xwang82@jhu.edu

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United States, Massachusetts
Boston Medical Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Contact: Colleen Pearson, BA    617-414-5133    Colleen.pearson@bmc.org   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Boston Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Xiaobin Wang, MD, ScD Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Additional Information:

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):

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Responsible Party: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03228875    
Other Study ID Numbers: Boston Birth Cohort
First Posted: July 25, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 5, 2022
Last Verified: September 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:
Boston Birth Cohort
Early life origins of pediatric and adult disease
Gene environment interaction
Health across life course and generations
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pregnancy Complications