INMA - Environment and Childhood Project

Mònica Guxens (ISGlobal)

The physical, social and intellectual development of children from conception to late adolescence requires a protected environment and protective of health. The increase in diseases is related to unhealthy environments. Prenatal and early life exposures, including diet, are associated with infant health and human development, and predispose later effects in adults.

The INMA Project - Children and the Environment is a research project that aims to study the role of the most important environmental pollutants in the air, water and diet during pregnancy and the beginning of life, and their effects on child growth and development.


The INMA Project has 3 general objectives:

  1. Describe the degree of individual prenatal exposures to environmental pollutants and the internal doses of these pollutants during pregnancy, at birth and during childhood, in Spain.
  2. To assess the impact of both prenatal and postnatal exposure to various environmental pollutants on the growth, health and development of children, both in the fetal stages and throughout their lives.
  3. Evaluate how some genetic and nutritional factors can modify the effects of environmental pollutants on child growth.

INMA-Sabadell Cohort

The INMA-Sabadell Cohort is located in the city of Sabadell where all the women who had an ultrasound of their first trimester of pregnancy at the CAP II San Felix, between July 2004 and July 2006, were invited to participate in the INMA Project. A total of 657 women and 622 babies were included. The women were followed up in each trimester of pregnancy, until the moment of delivery, at the Hospital de Sabadell (Corporación Sanitaria Parc Taulí) which covers the entire population of Sabadell and acts as a specialized consultation and referral hospital for the birth.

Between May 2007 and July 2007, an additional round of directly recruiting pregnant women was carried out when they were going to give birth at the Hospital de Sabadell. In this second phase, a total of 120 more women were included in the project.

Over the years, this group of boys and girls from the city of Sabadell has been evaluated approximately every 2 years, thanks to the predisposition of their families: that is, at 6 and 14 months, at 2, 4, 7, 9, and 11 years old. In the year 2021, we carried out the visit of the 14-16 years, and we  hope of counting on their important and selfless participation in the future.

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