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NIH Advisory Committee Report Findings
At the 109th Meeting of the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director, the National Children’s Study (NCS) Working Group, which was charged with evaluating whether the NCS is feasible as currently planned, presented its recommendations and findings. The Working Group concluded that while the overall goals of examining how environmental factors—defined broadly—influence health and development are meritorious and should be a priority for future scientific support, the NCS, as currently outlined, is not feasible.
Effective immediately, the Vanguard Study will not collect any further data and Dr. David Murray, NIH Associate Director for Prevention, has been appointed to manage an orderly closure of the NCS. The participant letter
(PDF 44 KB) and organization letter
(PDF 64 KB) provide guidance to all NCS organizations and participants.
Letter from the Director of NICHD to NCS Participants
Letter from the Director of NICHD to NCS Participants in Spanish