Research Summary

Developmental origins of neurocognitive and behavioral endophenotypes and common mental health disorders in young adults of a prospective birth cohort

Mother's nutrition during pregnancy can affect brain development of fetus. VitaminB12 deficiency is common in

Indian women, however they routinely receive only iron-folic acid supplements during pregnancy. At KEM hospital

Pune group of 700 children are being regularly assessed since their birth in 1994 and their mothers Vitamin B12- folic acid levels were measured during pregnancy. In this study we will examine whether mothers Nutrition during pregnancy has long term effects on risk for mental disorders in offspring as well as brain size and its functions. This may provide scientific evidence for advocating micronutrient supplementation including iron-folic acid and vitamin B12 to all mothers during pregnancy.