It’s not that children are little scientists but that scientists are big children.
For more than 50 years, UW innovators have conducted groundbreaking research that has transformed the world’s understanding of how babies grow and thrive.
In the early 1970s, UW Dr. Christy Ulleland noticed a distinctive pattern of birth defects in babies born to alcoholic mothers. Her colleagues on the UW Medicine faculty, David Smith and Kenneth Jones, shared Ulleland’s interest in the relationship between maternal alcohol abuse and fetal development. Their findings were devastating: babies of alcoholic mothers suffered from low birth weight and congenital birth defects, and they battled physical and intellectual disabilities into toddlerhood and beyond. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) raised public awareness about the dangers of severe alcohol abuse in pregnancy, and it became a basis of many more studies at the UW about the maternal and infant health.