Pre-natal Study to Recruit Thousands in Alberta

PrenatalCareIt has been reported that the $5-million Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) study, which launched in Calgary and Edmonton last fall, has only 750 people signed up when it needs 10,000.

Team leader Bonnie Kaplan, a behavioural researcher with Alberta Health Services and a pediatrics professor at the University of Calgary, said women less than 27 weeks pregnant are encouraged to join the study, which is funded for at least five years through Alberta Innovates Health Solutions.

The study is examining what effect diet has on women and their babies. They also conduct studies about mother’s mental health, birth weight of babies and how the babies develop over three years.

Kaplan said, "We're creating this as a legacy project so five years down the line, 10 years down the line, 20 years down the line, these people can be tracked if our funding continues”.For more information, visit apronstudy. ca or call 403-955-7365.