Grant to support study of preconceptual health of Latinas and its association with child overweight, obesity

October 21, 2018

Dr. Daniela Sotres-Alvarez

Dr. Daniela Sotres-Alvarez

Daniela T. Sotres-Alvarez, DrPH, associate professor of biostatistics at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a grant of $704,562 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Sotres-Alvarez will study the preconceptual health of Latinas and its association with child adiposity.

“This study will improve understanding of the association between the health of a mother before she conceives and childhood obesity,” Sotres-Alvarez said. “This is a topic that is not well studied, yet is important, given the poor cardiovascular staus and high prevalence of childhood obesity among Hispanics/Latinos.”

Study results will be used to design better intervention studies to ensure that Hispanic/Latina women can be as healthy as possible before conceiving and that their children will be healthy and well.

Co-principal investigator for the grant is Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor Nursing and associate dean for research at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing.


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