The MADRES Center currently supports three research projects, and previously supported two research projects. There are also multiple studies funded outside the MADRES Center that utilize the MADRES cohort of predominately low-income, Hispanic pregnant women and their infants. To learn more about both the Center’s research projects and additional research with the MADRES cohort, click below.

  • Project 1: Maternal Prenatal Exposure to Environmental and Psychosocial Stressors and Long-term Risk of Depression
  • Project 2: Maternal Exposure to Environmental and Psychosocial Stressors and Cardiovascular Risks after Pregnancy
  • Project 3: Maternal Exposure to Environmental Hazards and Social Stressors and Postpartum Allostatic Load
  • Project 1: Cumulative prenatal and infant environmental exposures and early childhood obesity risk
  • Project 2: Environmental exposures, stress, and maternal pregnancy-related weight outcomes

Additional studies utilizing the MADRES cohort include:

  • Influence of prenatal psychosocial stressors on maternal and fetal circulating miRNAs
  • Lifecourse approach to developmental repercussions of environmental agents on metabolic and respiratory health (LA DREAMERS) 
  • Metabolomic signatures linking air pollution, obesity and diabetes
  • Prenatal air pollution, fetal development and early childhood obesity risk
  • Prenatal metal mixtures, fetal growth, and the role of microRNAs

Fact Sheets


The MADRES Clinic is located on USC’s Soto Campus, which is just a few minutes away from Keck School of Medicine of USC.  At the MADRES Clinic, participants are seen for in-person visits, including survey administration, biospecimens collections and height and weight measurements.  Additional services include imaging, as well as pulmonary function testing.