Margot discovered that early pregnancy iron deficiency has a permanent negative effect on a child's intelligence. She explains how easy it would be to treat this deficiency with awareness and foresight and finishes will a call to action for testing and treatment before or early in pregnancy.
Dr. Mayer-Proschel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Genetics at the University of Rochester Medical Center with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy. Her lab studies cell survival and differentiation in the brain, and focuses on topics including spinal cord injury repair and gestational iron deficiency. She received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Virology & Immunology at the University of Wurzburg. She moved to the Department of Developmental Biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London for post-doctoral training before starting her own lab in Rochester. More information about her research can be found on her lab’s website: http://margotmayerproschel.urmc.rochester.edu/