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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The National Children's Study has initiated recruitment at 30 study locations around the United States.
The Study is the largest long-term study of children's health ever conducted in the United States, and will follow 100,000 children from before birth to age 21 to learn how the environment influences children's health, development, and quality of life. Study researchers seek to enroll women who are pregnant or may become pregnant in the next few years.
Women who are or may become pregnant in the next few years and who live in a study area may be eligible to join the study. Additional information about the study and eligibility criteria is available at http://www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov. Throughout the study, participants will periodically visit clinics and respond to questionnaires about their environment and family health histories. They will also be asked to provide biological samples, such as blood and urine, as well as environmental samples, like tap water from their homes, and house dust. The information study researchers collect over the years will be used to understand how genes and the environment affect children's health.
"The National Children's Study is an investment in the future of our nation's children," said Alan Guttmacher, M.D., Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health. "Through their participation, women and their families can help in the search for information to improve the health, development and well being of future generations."
The study is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – through the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The launch of the 30 new National Children's Study locations has been undertaken as an expansion of the study's pilot phase. The new centers join 7 existing centers which were activated earlier. Each study location was selected to provide geographic and demographic diversity representative of the U.S. as a whole. During the pilot phase, study scientists will evaluate the effectiveness of three separate strategies for recruiting eligible women to take part. The scientists will then analyze the information obtained from the pilot phase to design the main study.
"We are embarking upon one of the richest data collection efforts ever conducted, and the wealth of information we hope to amass could have a major impact on the health of future generations," said Steven Hirschfeld, M.D., Ph.D., acting director, National Children's Study.
Of the 30 new locations now launching, 10 each will be devoted to the following:
The locations selected for each of these strategies (and their corresponding study centers) are:
The original seven study locations are:
The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute's Web site at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/.
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