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UCLA to lead local study center in landmark government study of child health
Date:10/4/2007

The UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities has been selected as one of 22 new study centers for the National Childrens Study, a nationwide project designed to assess the effects of environmental and genetic factors on childrens health in the United States. The study center will manage local participant recruitment and data collection for the largest study of child health ever conducted in the United States.

The National Childrens Study is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

This study is big science and it will be one of the most important generators of new knowledge on child and adult health and development ever attempted, said principal investigator Dr. Neal Halfon, professor of pediatrics, public health and public policy at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. It will help children across the U.S. and shape child health guidance, interventions and policy for generations to come.

The National Childrens Study will eventually follow a representative sample of 100,000 children from before birth to age 21, seeking information that will help prevent and treat some of the nations most pressing health problems, including autism, birth defects, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. To better understand the impact of exposures on the developing fetus, infant and child, the study will recruit pregnant women, as well as women who are likely to become pregnant, in order assess environmental health influence during the pre-pregnancy and prenatal period.

The UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities is an internationlly distiguished leader
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Contact: Amy Albin
aalbin@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-8672
University of California - Los Angeles
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