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The primary aims of the APrON study looks at the relationships among (1) maternal nutrient intake and status, before, during and after gestation, and (2) maternal mood, (3) birth and obstetric outcomes, and (4) infant and child neurodevelopment.

APrON is an ongoing prospective cohort study that has approximately 5000 participants (2200 pregnant women, their offspring and many of their partners).

The study continues to follow the infants through to 5 and 8 years of age. The vision of the study is to improve the health and long-term potential of mothers and newborn babies in Alberta by identifying the role of nutrition in mental and neurodevelopmental disorders, and long-term neurocognitive function.