Ashley Sloboda | December 16, 2017
University of Notre Dame researchers want to learn from Fort Wayne families, and they have established offices in southwest Allen County to do just that.
“We're really excited to be here,” said Katie Bergman, director of the Fort Wayne Center for Children and Families.
A grand opening reception was held last month for the facility, 408 S. Scott Road. It is set in a small office park behind the Kroger at Illinois and Scott roads, making it easy to overlook.
Its presence shouldn't go unnoticed, however. Its research will involve local families as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking research experience. Long-range plans include providing training for community members, Bergman said.
Notre Dame, which has the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families in South Bend, expanded its reach to Fort Wayne to take advantage of the Summit City's larger and more diverse population, Bergman said.
Researchers are seeking participants for two projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The Notre Dame Families and Babies Study focuses on the relationships between parents and infants. Eligible families include married or co-habitating couples with a healthy baby younger than 7 months old.