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 December 2003 NCSAC Meeting Agenda

The 8th Meeting of the National Children’s Study Federal Advisory Committee (NCSAC)

December 15-16, 2003
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA

Day 1 Agenda: December 15, 2003
Day 2 Agenda: December 16, 2003

Meeting Objectives

National Children’s Study Advisory Committee (NCSAC) Members will work with Co-Chairs of the Working Groups within thematic areas to discuss the following:

  • Adequacy of the thematic areas proposed by the Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC)
  • Concerns about ICC working hypotheses
  • Responses or additions to Study Design Working Group (SDWG) comments comments on the ICC themes and working hypotheses
  • Questions from the NCSAC and ICC
    - Increased specificity about exposures and how and when they are measured
    - Increased specificity about outcomes and how and when they are measured
    - Identification of gaps in the current hypotheses
  • Definition of health or healthy development within each of the outcome specific Working Groups and within the thematic areas.

Products from the meeting will be consensus between Working Group and NCSAC Members concerning the work needed on the hypotheses, and enhancements--or modifications--of the thematic areas before the March Advisory Committee meeting (note that Working Group Co-Chairs are also invited to participate in the March Advisory Committee Meeting). A goal of the meeting will be to reach agreement and to seek recommendations by the NCSAC on assignments between Working Groups, the ICC, and the Program Office.


Monday, December 15

The Advisory Committee Plenary Session is open and Working Group Co-Chairs and Members are invited to attend.
8:00 a.m.-8:05 a.m. Welcome

Don Mattison, M.D.
Chairperson, NCSAC
8:05 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Introductions
Review and Comments on Minutes from Last Meeting
Review of Agenda and Modifications
Goals of the Meeting - Action Plan for Themes and Hypotheses
Action Items
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Update by National Children’s Study Program Office
Study Timelines, Institute Updates, Protocol Development

Peter Scheidt, M.D.
National Children’s Study Director

Sarah Keim, M.A.
National Children’s Study Coordinator
9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Status of Themes and Hypotheses, ICC Document

Ken Schoendorf, M.D., M.P.H., ICC Member
National Center for Health Statistics, CDC
9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Report from Joint ICC/NSCAC Executive Committee

Judith A. Graham, Ph.D., NCSAC Member and Chair of the Executive Committee
Senior Scientist and Senior Director
Long-Range Research Initiative, American Chemistry Council

9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Update of Hypothesis Tracking Software

Jan Leahey
Executive Secretary, NCSAC
9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Update of Pilot Studies

Carole Kimmel, Ph.D., ICC Member
National Center for Environmental Assessment, EPA
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Presentation and Discussion of Positive Health Framework

Neal Halfon, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Chair, Health Services Working Group
Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles
11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Update of Sampling Design Workshop

James Quackenboss, M.S., ICC Member
Office of Research and Development, EPA
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch on Own
This is an opportunity for Advisory Committee Members and Working Group Members to work collaboratively on the thematic areas and hypotheses within those areas. Working Group Members may want to participate in more than one thematic area for discussions. While the major focus will be discussion of the ICC document, Working Groups should feel free to refer to the more than 70 hypotheses that have been proposed and discussed by the Advisory Committee. A goal of this working session is development of an action plan and identification of responsible groups so that the Advisory Committee will be able to recommend themes and initial hypotheses framing the Study to Dr. Alexander at the end of the March Advisory Committee Meeting.
12:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Breakout Discussions Relating to 5 Thematic Areas
Parallel sessions organized on thematic basis:
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Neurodevelopment and Behavior
  • Asthma
  • Injury
  • Obesity and Physical Development
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Continuation of Breakout Discussions Relating to 5 Thematic Areas
6:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M. WORKING DINNER
NCSAC Members
Working Group Co-Chairs

Tuesday, December 16

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Overview of The President’s Council on Bioethics

O. Carter Snead
General Counsel
The President’s Council on Bioethics
8:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Summary by Thematic Groups
10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m
  • Discussion of Timelines
  • Working Group Activities Needed following March Meeting
  • Formation of Thematic Working Groups
  • Advisory Committee Composition and Responsibilities
  • Coordinating the Advisory Committee Activities and Composition with the Needs of the Study
Don Mattison, M.D.
Chairperson, NCSAC
11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Open Forum
11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Closing Announcements

Don Mattison, M.D.
Chairperson, NCSAC
11:30 a.m. Adjourn