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Effects of Placental Transfusion on Early Brain Development

Judith Mercer of the University of Rhode Island in the U.S. will conduct a randomized study to test whether delaying umbilical cord cutting after birth by as little as five minutes allows the placenta to transfer iron-rich blood cells to the newborn, reducing iron deficiency and anemia in the first year of life and promoting myelination of the brain to aid neurodevelopment.

More information about Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children (Round 8)

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is part of the Grand Challenges partnership network. Visit www.grandchallenges.org to view the map of awarded grants across this network and grant opportunities from partners.