Keim Lab

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The goal of our research is to improve the health and well-being of children, women, and their families. Our team studies how what happens before birth and early in life affect how children think, behave, and grow. Some of the early life events we focus on most include nutrition and breastfeeding. Some of our research involves children who were born prematurely or children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them grow and develop as healthy as possible. We do some clinical trials where we are testing a new way to help women or children be healthier, while for other studies we simply watch how children and their families live to learn ways to help others.

Meet Our Lab Staff


  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen the Omega Tots study to be continued! A special thank you to the 375 families who helped us learn about how diet affects child development. The next phase of the study will help us learn how children are growing and developing, and whether the nutritional supplement from the original study has longā€lasting effects. Future study visits will include playing games, doing puzzles, and possibly collecting a small bit of saliva (spit) from children. If you participated in original Omega Tots study, you may be eligible for the new study when your child turns 8-9 years old! Please let us know if your contact information has changed so we can invite you for this exciting opportunity!
  • Our research about human milk sharing is making an impact! At least three sets of clinical guidelines in the United States have been crafted or updated to reflect the published evidence from our research. Click on the articles at the bottom of the page to view the guidelines that our research has helped establish concerning human milk sharing.