The CANDLE study: Aspects of Early Childhood Development in a Shelby County, TN Population


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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
2:00pm EST - 3:00pm EST

This webinar is one in a series of webinars developed through the Southeast Regional Consortium and AUCD.

The CANDLE Study (Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood) is a longitudinal cohort study designed to: Evaluate 1,500 pregnant women and their children living in Memphis/Shelby County, TN from the second trimester into childhood; and Investigate the wide range of genetic, epigenetic, demographic, environmental and social factors influencing child development across urban and suburban neighborhoods. 

This presentation provided a review of the design of CANDLE and outlined the work in progress in evaluating factors affecting socioemotional development in African American infants and toddlers in Memphis/Shelby County, TN.


  • Frederick B. Palmer, MD
    • Dr. Palmer is a developmental pediatrician, Shainberg Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, a LEND and UCEDD program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis.
  • J. Carolyn Graff, PhD
    • Dr.  Graff is an Associate Professor of Nursing at UTHSC and is Chief of Nursing at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities.

Webinar Objectives:

  1. To review the design of the CANDLE Study, a longitudinal study of mothers and children in Memphis/Shelby County, TN, and place it in a lifecourse context
  2. To discuss selected CANDLE data on early predictors of socioemotional development in infants and toddlers - work in progress.
  3. To briefly list examples of CANDLE collaborative research projects and highlight opportunity for interested collaborators