November 7, 2017
We’re proud to announce a partnership with Brown University’s Baby Imaging Lab to collaborate on “Resonance,” a project that is part of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program.
Resonance is a seven-year longitudinal study that focuses on understanding how different environmental factors can affect child neurodevelopment. To help with this effort, Awair Glows will be placed in the homes of approximately 1,100 expecting mothers and mothers with children between 3 months and 5 years of age. Glow will help the Baby Imaging Lab track how air quality affects neurodevelopment of children in-utero and post-birth.
“What we’re very excited about with using the Awair Glow is that we’ll be able to see how changes in air quality such as VOCs or particulate concentration levels affect neurodevelopment at a young age,” says Joesph Braun, assistant professor at Brown University.
Along with other environmental factors, the Baby Imaging Lab will be collecting data about the homes’ levels of temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, and chemicals with the help of Awair Glow to understand how these factors affect childhood obesity, asthma, and other pre- and postnatal outcomes.
We’re very excited to be able to participate in such an important study, and we look forward to sharing the results with you!
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The airborne pollution caused by catastrophic wildfire seasons caught many people off-guard and unprepared. Miles away from blaze sites, people were experiencing the health symptoms of inhaling high PM2.5 and ozone (O3) concentrations. Although exposure to wildfire smoke may only last a few days or weeks, the impacts on your health can be much longer-lasting.
As the summer months roll on, some teachers and parents have back to school on their minds. Earlier this year, there were a mix of K-12 classroom dynamics as the vaccine was being distributed across states. Many schools reopened in some capacity, but others were in a completely remote or hybrid format. Now, as younger age groups are waiting for the “green light” for the vaccine, school officials are faced with classroom health and safety questions.