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UMASS Medical School awarded National Children's Study contract
Date:10/4/2007

WORCESTER, Mass.The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) announced today that the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) was awarded a competitive contract to participate in the landmark National Childrens Study (NCS), the largest study to be conducted in the United States to assess the effects of environmental and genetic factors on child and human health. The study will follow 100,000 children from before birth to age 21, seeking information to prevent and treat some of the nations most pressing health problems, including autism, birth defects, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

This is a watershed moment for UMass Medical School as the Commonwealths research institution, said Terry R. Flotte, MD, executive deputy chancellor of UMMS and dean of the School of Medicine. We have long held public health as our passion and our obligation, and we are exceptionally proud to be chosen as one of a select few to make such an important contribution to the body of knowledge related to child health and development. This contract award is a testament to the Medical Schools demonstrated ability to conduct exceptional public health and epidemiological research and our capacity to engage the community in this study.

UMMS is uniquely positioned to accept this charge from the NICHD in part because of the partnerships we have established throughout the community and the trust we have earned over decades of caring for families and children, said Marianne E. Felice, MD, chair of pediatrics for UMMS and physician-in-chief of UMass Memorial Childrens Medical Center. Felice is the principal investigator of the UMMS arm of the NCS, which will be known as the Massachusetts Childrens Health Indicators and Life Determinants study (MassCHILD). Many of our faculty are already recognized in the community for the important public health research they have conducted, and we believe parents will work enthusiastically with us on this
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