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

study. Were delighted that families of Worcester County will be able to contribute to the health of the nation for generations to come. Furthermore, by being participants in this prestigious study, we may be able to identify solutions to issues of childrens health that are important to us in this area, such as infant mortality.

UMMS is one of 22 new study centers of the NCS, which began in response to the Childrens Health Act of 2000, when Congress directed the NICHD and other federal agencies to undertake a national, long-term study of childrens health and development in relation to environmental exposures. Through the NCS, contracted centers will collect a broad range of biological and environmental samples and data to generate a comprehensive database of material that will provide researchers, health care providers and public health officials with information from which to develop preventive strategies and health and safety guidelines. Data will be collected in 105 specific previously designated counties in the U.S. There are only two counties in Massachusetts that qualify for the NCS Worcester and Bristol countiesbut the current funding is only designated for Worcester County. The 105 counties were selected through a national probability sample that took into account factors such as race and ethnicity, income, education level, number of births, and number of births of low birth weight babies, and together are representative of the entire U.S. population.

The Medical Schools contract represents more than $16 million for the first five-year phase, during which UMMS will begin recruiting and training the equivalent of 88 full-time staff and working with community leaders in preparation for opening enrollment into the study in the summer of 2009. Funding for the 22 study centers and the studys initial phase is a result of a $69 million appropriation from Congress in fiscal year 2007. Funding is expected to increase for subsequent phases over
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Contact: Alison Duffy
alison.duffy@umassmed.edu
508-856-2000
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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