National Children's Study to Begin Recruiting Volunteers in Montgomery County This April

03/4/2009

Researchers will be knocking on doors seeking women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant to participate in groundbreaking study.

PHILADELPHIA, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will begin recruiting volunteers in Montgomery County, Pa. for The National Children's Study on April 22. This important study will track the health and development of children from before birth through age 21.

CHOP researchers will be going door to door in eligible neighborhoods in Montgomery County to determine if the women living there are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the coming year and willing to participate in the National Children's Study.

"The National Children's Study is the first and largest long-term study of children's health ever conducted in the U.S.," said Jennifer Culhane, Ph.D., M.P.H., of Children's Hospital, principal investigator of the Montgomery County site. "We will be following children from before birth to age 21, and hope to better understand how children's genes and their environment interact to affect their health and development. It is our goal to identify 1200 women in Montgomery County to participate in this important study."

Children's Hospital is partnering with the Montgomery County Health Department and regional hospitals to capture participants for the study. There are ongoing community meetings and other awareness activities to inform prospective volunteers. Some families in eligible neighborhoods will receive letters introducing the study.

In November 2005, the National Children's Study named Montgomery County, Pa. one of seven Vanguard sites in the nation charged with studying children's health. On January 13, 2009, the first two Vanguard sites in Queens, NY and Duplin, NC began recruiting participants, the remaining five (including Montgomery County, Pa.) are scheduled to begin recruiting in April.

In total, the study will be conducted in 105 previously designated study locations across the U.S., that together are representative of the nation's population. A national probability sample was used to select the counties in the study, which took into account factors including race and ethnicity, income, education level, number of births and babies born with low birth weights.

For more information about the study and how to get involved, visit the website at: http://www.chop.edu/ncs.

About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking second in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 430-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.


Contact: Joey McCool Ryan
(267) 426-6070
McCool@email.chop.edu


SOURCE The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia