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Professor Jean Golding

paediatric and perinatal epidemiology

I am an epidemiologist focussing in particular on reproductive, prenatal, perinatal, infant and childhood health and development. In 1987 I founded the international journal 'Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology', and was the Editor-in-Chief from 1987 until 2012. I was the founder, and until 2006, the Scientific and Executive Director of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children [ALSPAC], otherwise known as Children of the Nineties.

My current work includes the following:

(a) environmental aetiology of autistic traits, particularly focussing on factors operating in pregnancy and early childhood that are associated with diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder, and the traits that contribute to this.

(b) The way in which maternal exposure to seafood in pregnancy is associated with parental mood and with child behaviour and neurocognitive outcomes including IQ, hyperactivity, dyslexia and coordination disorder (Funded by the Waterloo Foundation and NIH).

(c) Exposure of the fetus to mercury, lead and other trace elements and their effect on subsequent neurodevelopment (funded by NOAA).

(d) Transgenerational influences on health and development, with particular focus on smoking and stress (funded by MRC).

(e) Documenting and archiving of early documents detailing conception, gestation, birth and development of ALSPAC (the section of this relating to ethics was part-funded by the Leverhulme Fundation).

(f) Effects of oxytocin exposure in labour on maternal depression and parenting behaviour ( in association with American colleagues andfunded by NIH)


Research keywords

  • paediatric epidemiology perinatal epidemiology

Diseases related to this field of research

  • Outcomes of pregnancy Maternal morbidity Childhood morbidity Child development


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