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Title: The Environmental Exposures in Lebanese Infants (EELI) birth cohort: an investigation into the Developmental Origins of Health and Diseases (DOHaD)
Authors: Whaibeh, Emile 
Mrad-Nakhlé, Myriam
Aouad, Norma
Annesi-Maesano, Isabella
Abbas, Nivine H. 
Chaiban, Clara
Abi Hanna, Jowy
Abi Tayeh, Georges
Affiliations: Department of Public Health 
Department of Public Health 
Keywords: Birth outcomes
Child health
Environmental health
Exposure assessment
Pregnancy outcomes
Issue Date: 2024-07-10
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online
Part of: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
Start page: 1675
End page: 1686
The EELI Study is a longitudinal birth cohort launched in 2021 in Lebanon to examine the long-term impact of environmental exposures on the health of prospective Lebanese mothers and infants and disease outcomes. This article delineates the adopted study design and protocols, current progress, and contextual considerations for the planning and launching of a birth cohort in a resource-limited setting. A sample of n = 135 pregnant women expecting to give birth at the Hôtel-Dieu de France University Hospital has been recruited since the study launch. Over 500 variables have been recorded for each participant, and over 1000 biological specimens have been processed and stored in a biobank for further analysis. The EELI study establishes methodological and logistic basis to explore the concept of the exposome and its implementation and to establish a toolkit of the SOPs and questionnaires that can be employed by the other countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
ISSN: 09603123
DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2023.2234834
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Type: Journal Article
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