September 30, 2005

In this Issue:

1. National Children's Study Announces Contracts to First Research Centers

Source: NIH News - September 29, 2005

The National Children's Study planned to be the largest study ever undertaken to assess the effects of the environment on child and adult health took a major step forward today with the announcement that contracts have been awarded to 6 Vanguard Centers to pilot and complete the first phases of the Study. The full Nationwide Study would follow a representative sample of children from early life through adulthood, seeking information to prevent and treat such health problems as autism, birth defects, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity... The planned National Children's Study is led by a consortium of federal agency partners: the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at NIH, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The following Institutions have been named as the Vanguard Centers for the National Children's Study:

  • University of California, Irvine, for the Study location of Orange County, California
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for the Study location of Duplin County, North Carolina
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, for the Study location of Queens County, New York
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, for the Study location of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, for the Study location of Salt Lake County, Utah
  • University of Wisconsin (UW), Madison, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, for the Study location of Waukesha County, Wisconsin
The federal agencies sponsoring the Study are still negotiating to establish two additional Vanguard Centers that will serve counties in other areas. For complete information go to http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/sep2005/nichd-29.htm