When it is fully operational, the National Children's Study is expected to have roughly 40 study centers recruiting volunteers from 105 designated study locations throughout the United States. The study locations are counties and clusters of counties chosen by National Children's Study researchers to be representative of children in the United States.
Of seven initial, or Vanguard, study centers, two will be the first to recruit. This week, the
The centers will hold presentations and other community awareness activities in their respective locations to inform prospective volunteers. Some families in those areas will receive letters introducing the study, explained Peter Scheidt, M.D., M.P.H., Director, National Children's Study. Prenatal care providers and clinics in the study locations will also inform women about the study.
In April of 2009, the remaining five Vanguard centers will also begin recruiting and enrolling women to participate in the study. At the end of 18 months, each center is expected to have recruited a total of approximately 375 volunteers.
A listing of the seven Vanguard center locations is available on the National Children's Study Web site at http://www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov/about/overview/Pages/Study-Centers-Awarded-12-18-08.pdf.
Dr. Scheidt added that during this initial recruitment phase, referred to as the Vanguard cohort phase, study researchers will evaluate their recruitment and sampling methods.
|SOURCE National Institutes of Health (NIH)|
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