PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Hospital is getting a nearly $1.9 million federal grant to study how environmental factors in early childhood can affect the health of children and adolescents.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced last week that the National Institutes of Health is awarding the money.

The funding will allow Rhode Island Hospital to build a network that will support a four-year project enabling Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Women and Infants Hospital and Brown University to conduct pediatric clinical trials.

The goal is to better understand how maternal and environmental influences can play a role in diseases and other health conditions including autism, obesity and asthma.

Reed says the grant is part of a $157 million commitment being made this year to support the federal Environmental Influence on Children’s Health Outcomes initiative.

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