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Proposed children's study needs refinement, report finds
Date:6/18/2014

development in the world."

The report authors endorse several of the design features, however, including:

  • The use of a national equal probability sample for a large cohort of births

  • The concept of the study as a data collection platform with a focus on health and development guided by exemplar scientific hypotheses

  • The inclusion of siblings born within a four-year window

  • The collection and storage of biological and environmental samples to permit subsequent analysis

Among its recommendations, the report urges the NICHD to enhance the scientific expertise of the NCS program office by recruiting and contracting with experts in relevant fields from within the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies and organizations outside of government.

In addition, NICHD should establish an authoritative multidisciplinary oversight structure to review the program office's decisions and establish a mechanism for regular, independent outside review by the qualified organization or a study section like those in NIH.

"Asthma, ADHD and obesity are all on the rise in this country, and probably caused by environmental factors," said McLanahan. "The NCS is designed to collect an unprecedented volume of data on the kinds of environmental and psycho-social exposures both before and after children are born. Moreover, its large size enables the NCS to support analyses of the underlying causes of health disparities across groups defined by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, which is an important national health problem identified in the Children's Health Act of 2000."


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Contact: B. Rose Huber
brhuber@princeton.edu
609-258-0157
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
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