HHRA’s flagship project The Heartland Study was featured in a new blog on the Indiana University School of Medicine’s website this week.
IU is one of our hospital partners that is recruiting moms-to-be into this clinical research that will measure herbicide exposure in women and track pregnancy outcomes and the health and development of their baby until age 3. The IU team has been hard at work, and have already enrolled 100 women – the first Heartland Study partner to reach this milestone!
Dr. David Haas is the vice chair of research for the School of Medicine’s OB-GYN department and IU’s principal investigator for the study. He also happens to be the chair of the HHRA board, and we are lucky to have his expertise guiding our research.
Dr. Haas comments in the blog post that Indiana is “a very agriculturally heavy state that uses a lot of these chemicals, so it’s important to recruit people who are not just in rural areas, because these chemicals can get into the water or affect air quality in all parts of the state.”
Congrats to the IU team for reaching 100 Heartland Study enrollees, and as always a huge thank you to all the mothers-to-be that have agreed to help doctors learn more about how herbicide exposure may be impacting the health of moms and babies in the Heartland.