DHA supplementation and pregnancy outcome

This is a current project.


Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a member of the omega-3 fatty acid family; it is found in all cell membranes, and is accumulated in especially large quantities in the retina and brain. Over the past decades, evidence has accumulated in support of the hypothesis that DHA may have an important role in pregnancy health and outcomes as well as in the postnatal development of perceptual and cognitive function in infancy.

This project is based on the possibility that prenatal supplementation may be an especially effective way to affect positive pregnancy and postnatal outcomes.

Project Administration

John Colombo, Principal Investigator

Susan Carlson, Principal Investigator

Project Contact

John Colombo, Ph.D.
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
1052 Dole Human Development Center
785-864-4295 (phone)
785-864-5323 (fax)

Funded by:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

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