Please see the following statement from Dr. Steven Hirschfeld, MD, PhD, Director of the National Children’s Study.
Institute of Medicine’s Summary of the National Academy of Sciences Workshop on the National Children’s Study
Statement of Steven Hirschfeld, MD, PhD, Director of the National Children’s Study
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
In January of 2013, the National Institutes of Health requested that the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine conduct a workshop on the design of the National Children’s Study. Study leadership sought to obtain additional scientific advice and guidance upon which to base future plans for the study. Workshop participants shared their views and provided a considerable range of perspectives, which has been represented in the summary that the Institute of Medicine released today.
A diversity of scientific input—for example, from statisticians, epidemiologists, environmental health scientists, and experts in research study design—is invaluable to the National Children’s Study planners. The study’s field and scientific staff will integrate the comments they received from the workshop with other data and advice as they continue to seek the most efficient means to collect the data that will best inform the Nation on the health of America’s children, in the near future and for generations to come. The scope of the study is unprecedented—it will collect observational, questionnaire, environmental, and biological data on 100,000 American children. The study planners periodically refine their methods, in order to ensure that the study is implemented with the most current, accurate, and reliable information and input available.
The thoughtful comments compiled in the Institute of Medicine’s summary will be helpful to Study staff in their future efforts. On behalf of the National Children’s Study staff, I would like to thank the workshop participants for their important and thoughtful contributions to this effort.
- Steven Hirschfeld, MD, PhD, is Director of the National Children’s Study, led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit http://www.nichd.nih.gov.
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.