Deleterious consequences of caffeine consumption during pregnancy

Stefania zappettini

Nationality Italian

Year of selection 2012

Institution INSERM - NN&P Institute

Country France

Risk Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

2 years

Caffeine and Pregnancy: A Potential Risk?

Who doesn’t appreciate a little caffeine pick-me-up now and then? If you’re pregnant, though, it remains unclear if the stimulant is safe for the fetus. Dr. Stefania Zappettini’s research could clarify that. Her lab discovered that, in mice, caffeine exposure led to seizures and long-term cognitive problems in offspring. Now, she aims to reveal more precisely how caffeine may affect the wiring of the developing brain—important information for public health, especially concerning the next generation.

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