The National Children’s Study is led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with a consortium of federal government partners. Study partners include the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency. These agencies, together with representatives from a multitude of additional government agencies interested in the National Children’s Study, form the Federal Consortium. The primary purpose of the Consortium is to provide a forum for representatives of these agencies to come together with the Study planners to share views about the Study. Meetings provide opportunities to learn about the progress of the Study, and for the representatives to share their ideas about the Study’s content, design, and implementation.
The Federal Consortium meets periodically, generally every few years. These meetings are by invitation only.