The 2012 Teratology Society Annual Meeting will hold a National Children’s Study Symposium to discuss the past, present, and future of the Study. The symposium, which will be held June 27 in Baltimore, will be followed by three concurrent breakout sessions. Each will provide a sampling of the diverse topics and richness of data developed through numerous National Children’s Study “formative” research studies that have been conducted to answer important questions about the feasibility, cost, and acceptability of various measures considered for inclusion in the National Children’s Study Main Study. The research to be presented jointed by National Children’s Study Principal Investigators and federal staff, reflecting the collaborative nature of the research to date.
In the opening symposium, Dr. Carol Kasten, of the National Children’s Study Program Office, will provide an overview of the current status of the Study and future plans. Other speakers will describe the breadth and depth of the specimens in the National Children’s Study bio-repository and plans for future development of this resource, and the potential uses of biological samples in the evolving era of the ’omics sciences. Dr. Christina Chambers, National Children’s Study Principal Investigator from the University of California-San Diego, and Dr. Melissa Tassinari, former National Children’s Study Federal Advisory Committee member from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will moderate the session.
There will also be three breakout sessions during the National Children’s Study symposium. The first session includes six speakers who will cover National Children’s Study formative research projects that have focused on best methods for handling various types of Study samples including blood and placental tissue to address genetic and epigenetic questions. The moderators for this session are Dr. Christopher Stodgell from the University of Rochester and Dr. Carol Kasten from the National Children’s Study Program Office.
The second breakout session includes six speakers who will cover National Children’s Study formative research focused on methods for environmental agents/contaminants (and the quality of those measurements) in placental tissue, blood, and urine samples collected in the Study. Moderators are Dr. Richard Miller from the University of Rochester and Dr. Jack Moye from the National Children’s Study Program Office.
The last breakout session includes seven speakers who will cover National Children’s Study formative research on development of selected instruments that are feasible and valid for use in the Study, including measurement of markers of infection, potential uses of saliva samples, measurement of chemicals in household dust, physical features of Study participants, and cognitive and motor performance in young children. The moderator is Elaine Faustman, National Children’s Study Principal Investigator, from the University of Washington.