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Christina Chambers

Title(s)Professor , Pediatrics
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone858-246-1704
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    University of California, San Diego and San Diego State UniversityPhDPublic Health Epidemiology
    San Diego State University, San DiegoMPHEpidemiology
    California State University, FullertonBAAnthropology
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    Health Sciences, University of California, San DiegoNational Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine Mentor Honor, Junior Faculty Development Program
    San Diego Business Journal16th Annual Women Who Mean Business Awards
    Teratology Society F. Clarke Fraser New Investigator Award
    University of California, San DiegoEpidemiology and Biostatistics Exchange Abstract and Presentation Award

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    Dr. Chambers is a professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Diego and Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and Rady Children's Hospital. She is a perinatal epidemiologist, whose research is focused on environmental exposures and pregnancy and child health outcomes, including birth defects. She co-directs the Center for the Promotion of Maternal Health and Infant Development in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and is the Program Director of MotherToBabyCalifornia - a telephone-based service providing individualized risk assessments for pregnant women and their providers in the State of California. She is a founding principal investigator for the Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS) which is the first national system to evaluate medication and vaccine safety in human pregnancy, currently funded by the US DHHS, CDC, FDA and the National Vaccine Program Office. She headed the National Children's Study San Diego site, and has conducted extensive research on improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

    Dr. Chambers’ currently funded research activities include a set of North American cohort studies evaluating the impact of autoimmune diseases and the medications used to treat them on pregnancy outcomes, a California Native American Research Center project testing the effectiveness of a web-based vs. a peer health educator model for preventing risky alcohol consumption in women of childbearing age, a comparative effectiveness study of asthma medications in pregnancy, a North American-wide fetal safety study of influenza vaccine and antiviral drugs used in pregnancy, and a study to establish the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for the first time in the U.S. Her international clinical research projects are focused on addressing medication and vaccine safety in pregnancy as well as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and involve studies focused on prevention and intervention in Ukraine, Russia, South Africa, with collaborations in Australia and Poland.

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    4/6 Planning for the HEALthy Early Development Study
    NIH/NIDA R34DA050341Sep 30, 2019 - Mar 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The Safety of Asthma Medications During Pregnancy and Lactation: Evidence Gaps and How to Fill Them
    NIH/NHLBI R13HL149440Sep 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Teratology Society 2019 Annual Meeting - Trainee Travel Awards and Speaker Travel
    NIH/NICHD R13HD098863Apr 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    International Collaboration to Develop Scalable Methods for Early Detection of Neurodevelopmental Disorder Due to Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
    NIH/NIAAA R01AA026579Sep 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Teratology Society 2017 Annual Meeting - Trainee Travel Awards and Speaker Travel
    NIH/NICHD R13HD095647Apr 1, 2018 - Mar 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Teratology Society 2017 Annual Meeting - Trainee Travel Awards and Speaker Travel
    NIH/NICHD R13HD092005Apr 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Teratology Society 2016 Annual Meeting - Trainee Travel Awards and Speaker Travel
    NIH/NICHD R13HD088083Apr 4, 2016 - Mar 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Early Predictors of FASD in Ukraine
    NIH/NIAAA U01AA014835Sep 1, 2015 - May 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Collaboration to Establish the Prevalence of FASD in San Diego, CA
    NIH/NIAAA U01AA019879Jul 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Influence of nutrition on growth and neurodevelopment in children with FASD
    NIH/NIAAA R01AA021551Sep 10, 2012 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Teratology Society Annual Meetings 2010 - 2014
    FDA R13FD003948Jun 1, 2010 - May 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    SPEAKER TRAVEL AND SCIENTIFIC SESSION SUPPORT FOR THE TERATOLOGY SOCIETY 50TH
    CDC/NCBDD U13DD000630May 14, 2010 - May 13, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Pregnancy outcomes and asthma medications in pregnancy: a Demonstration Project
    AHRQ R18HS018474Sep 30, 2009 - Jul 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    SPEAKER TRAVEL AND SESSION SUPPORT FOR THE TERATOLOGY SOCIETY 49TH ANNUAL MEETING
    CDC/NCHM U13HM000545May 1, 2009 - Apr 30, 2010
    Role: Principal Investigator
    General Meeting Support of the Teratology Society 49th Annual Meeting
    FDA R13FD003695Apr 1, 2009 - Mar 31, 2010
    Role: Principal Investigator
    SPEAKER TRAVEL &SESSION SUPPORT FOR /TERATOLOGY SOCI 48TH ANNUAL MEETING 300.1
    CDC/NCBDD U13DD000352Jun 1, 2008 - May 31, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator
    General Clinical Research Center
    NIH/NCRR M01RR000827Jan 27, 1997 - Nov 30, 2010
    Role: Co-Investigator

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