The environment affects health and development in childhood and beyond, and its influence starts from before a child is conceived.
Environments early in life can affect a child's life-long health and development.
Factors ranging from infection and climatic conditions to pollutants, housing and our complex microbiome all have an impact. Understanding these exposures and their impact on early growth and development is key to preventing and treating a number of common childhood conditions.
There are three programs of work within Early Environment:
The engines for research in Brain and Behaviour are the Working Groups. The Working Groups are focused on particular research areas and projects in Early Environment and are collaborations between Institute and external researchers.