Research Theme: Infant Feeding

 

Name:Philippe Hujoel

Institution:University of Washington

Contact:hujoel@uw.edu

Completion:December 2017

Funder:N/A

 

Project: We aim to associate handedness with breastfeeding.

 

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We intend to evaluate how breastfeeding during early childhood may influence child development, including measures of cognitive and emotional development, health and behaviour. We are particularly interested in evaluating how breastfeeding affects symmetrical/asymmetrical brain development, using handedness as a marker. We have established this association in a nationally-representative US health study and would like to evaluate this association in another population.

 

Name: Laurin Grabowsky

Institution:Trinity College Dublin

Contact: grabolsl@tcd.ie

Completion: August 2017

Funder:N/A

 

Project: I intend to write my masters dissertation on the association between breastfeeding in infancy and the likelihood of children developing obesity and weight management issues later in life. Literature suggests that breastfeeding has protective effects against the later development of weight management issues; however no analysis in this area has yet been performed on this specific dataset. I intend to analyse the anonymized data files of the newly released Wave 3 Infant Cohort in SPSS and aim to perform various statistical tests to look for significant relationships between duration and initiation of breastfeeding and healthy weight markers of the 5 year olds.

 

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Project (2016): The datasets will be utilised for a Masters in Public Health programme dissertation at UCD. The focus of the research study is whether or not breastfeeding has a protective effect on asthma, asthma related symptoms and other atopic disorders in children up to the age of 5 in Ireland.

 

 

Name: Caroline Bradshaw
Institution: Sligo Institute of Technology
Contact: bradshawdoyle@eircom.net
Completion: 2019

 

Project: I am researching the rates of breastfeeding in the west of Ireland, the facilitators and barriers to breastfeeding, and how we can increase the rates of breastfeeding in the west of Ireland. 

 

 

Name: Karen Farrell
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: farrelk2@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: This study is designed to identify and describe the factors which influence a woman's decision to breastfeed and also discontinue breastfeeding. It also aims to explore the patterns of such factors among various social groups. This research projects focuses on the following research questions: What are risk factors associated with breastfeeding initiation?; What are the potential confounders related to breastfeeding cessation? and What, if any, is the variation of such patterns among groups of social class, ethnicity and education?

 

 

Name: Lisa-Christine Girard
Institution: University of Toronto
Contact: lisa.girard@alum.utoronto.ca
Completion: January 2017

 

Project: The data will be used to conduct a secondary analysis of the impact of breastfeeding on children's cognitive and non-cognitive development longitudinally up to 13 years of age. More specifically we seek to provide a better understanding of (1) the potential longitudinal causal pathways of breastfeeding on children's cognitive, language and behavioural development from 9 months to 13 years of age, (2) differences in impact of breastfeeding between normal and low-birth weight babies, (3) the effect of dose-rate of breastfeeding on development, and (4) the impact of socio-economic status and employment on breastfeeding practices. We will utilize propensity score matching and generalized additive models to better answer these questions. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Child Development

 

 

Name: John Kearney
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Contact: john.kearney@dit.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Prevalence of breastfeeding initiation and duration; determinants of breastfeeding initiation and duration; links between breastfeeding and early growth; links between breastfeeding and child's disease profile; breastfeeding patterns among non-nationals in terms of initiation and duration; prevalence of smoking and alcohol consumption in pregnancy by SES; links between smoking and/or alcohol consumption and early growth and extent to which is mediated by breastfeeding; timing of the introduction of first foods; links between the timing of solid food introduction and disease profile; links between timing of solid introduction and obesity risk; factors which influence the timing of weaning e.g. parent's education, SES and role of the father/secondary caregiver in infant feeding practices. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy. 

 

 

Name: Anne Matthews
Institution: Dublin City University
Contact: anne.matthews@dcu.ie
Completion: October 2016

 

Project: We wish to examine further how parental employment status is associated with infant feeding choices, specifically breastfeeding, using the data held in GUI on employment, education and other socio-economic variables. We particularly wish to examine breastfeeding initiation and duration are associated with employment factors (hours, leave, job status etc.).

 

 

Name: Ashton Porter
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in MSc in Global Health at TCD. Data will be used to examine whether or not there is a relationship between breastfeeding patterns and asthma in children in Ireland. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health.

 

 

Name: Hazel Smith
Institution: Umiversity College Cork
Contact: h.smith@ucc.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The focus of my PhD is infant milk feeding in the first year of life (predictors of and and consequences of). I have completed my data collection and am currently analysing my dataset. I wish to examine the GUI infant data set to see if my results can be replicated. I am also very keen to explore the reported rates of exclusively breastfeeding at 9 months and examine the data set to determine the differential characteristics of exclusive breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding and any breastfeeding mothers at 9 months.

 

 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: January 2017

 

Project: The intended use of the datasets are to help attain the objectives of this study, which are: 1). To validate whether intrauterine exposure to maternal obesity and GDM leads to increased risk of foetal macrosomia translating to subsequent risk of infant adiposity. 2). To investigate the relationship between maternal obesity and atopy in offspring. 3). To elucidate whether early nutrition has a role in atopic outcomes - predisposition toward developing allergic hypersensitivity, such as asthma, allergic dermatitis, eczema, wheeze and allergic rhinitis. 4). To investigate breastfeeding as a potential modifier in reducing the risk of atopic disease.

 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health and Weight and Dietary Issues. 

 

 

Name: Tamara Zigman
Institution: University Hospital Centre 'Sisters of Charity', Zagreb, Croatia
Contact: tzarkovic@gmail.com
Completion: 2015

 

Project: Data will be used to investigate the factors that influence a choice of preferred delivery setting (hospital/birth at home), for example social or economic status of the mother. The second theme of interest will be to compare the psychomotor development milestones of children depending on the type/place of delivery. Further on, I would like to explore the influence of nutritional factors on psychomotor development in this cohort of children. In this context, special attention will be set on breastfeeding.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

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