What is MIREC?
The Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) Study was established to obtain national biomonitoring data on pregnant women and their infants and to examine potential adverse health effects of prenatal exposure to environmental chemicals on pregnancy and infant health. Subsequently, studies of some of the MIREC children at birth, at 6 months, and at 2-5 years of age were carried out. MIREC also includes a data and biospecimens Biobank, for future research. We refer to this body of research as the MIREC Research Platform.
Some Facts and Numbers on MIREC
MIREC Study: pregnancy cohort, recruited from 2008 to 2011.
2,001 pregnant women and their infants from 10 Canadian cities.
MIREC Follow-up Studies: MIREC-ID, MIREC-CD3, MIREC CD-Plus took place from 2009 to 2015.
At least 13 articles about MIREC have been published in scientific journals as of November 2015.
The MIREC Biobank is made up of over 200,000 biological samples: blood, urine, hair, milk from the mothers; cord blood and meconium from the newborn infants; and blood and urine from children (early childhood). Collected data from the MIREC and Follow-up studies: dozens of questionnaires completed, from the mothers during and after pregnancy, and from the children at birth and up to 5 years old.
This Biobank is available to the scientific community for research on the health of pregnant women and their children, providing the proposed research is approved by the MIREC Biobank Management Committee.
While the MIREC researchers and student trainees continue analysing the data collected so far, we are searching for funding to conduct additional research. We hope that we will be able to continue to follow the MIREC children as they get older. The focus will now shift towards puberty—when it starts and how it progresses.
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