National Children's Study Event Begins Recruiting Volunteers in Montgomery County

04/24/2009

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced today that recruitment of participants in Montgomery County for the National Children's Study will begin on April 25. The study will track the health and development of children from before birth through age 21.

Almost 50 researchers will go door-to-door in eligible neighborhoods to enroll women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the coming year and that are willing to participate in the study. The goal is to enroll 1200 women in Montgomery County over the course of five years.

"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. "The information we gather from today's families will benefit generations of children and families in the future."

Children's Hospital will also be hiring 25 employees and 25 nurses to support the National Children's Study in Montgomery County.

The National Children's Study hopes to better understand how children's genes and their environment interact to affect their health and development. Children's Hospital is partnering with the Montgomery County Health Department, hospitals throughout Montgomery County and health-based community organizations to capture participants for the study.

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 on 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.


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