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 Collaboration with International Research Groups

The National Children's Study collaborates with a number of groups and researchers around the world. These activities help share ideas, exchange information, and allow for standardization of study visit processes and procedures. The NCS is a member of the International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium and the Environmental and Child Health International Birth Cohort Group, sharing information about study visit measures, results, and exposure outcomes of interest.

The NCS has relationships with longitudinal birth cohort study investigators in Australia, Canada, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. These interactions address specific topics such measurement of the social environment (Australia), biospecimen analysis procedures for environmental chemicals (Canada), study design and logistics (South Korea), and biospecimen repository design and management (United Kingdom). The NCS is open and excited to share ideas and experiences with investigators around the world to foster a learning community.

International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium

The International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C) External Web Site Policy is an alliance of several large-scale prospective cohort studies of children organized to pool data and biospecimens from individual cohorts to study various factors in relation to the potential causes of childhood cancers. This initiative brings together international multidisciplinary research teams from 15 countries to collaborate on investigations into the role of early-life exposures on cancer. This international alliance of longitudinal studies of children has the potential to make major contributions in our understanding of the role of early-life exposures in childhood cancers and other diseases.

Environmental and Child Health International Birth Cohort Group

The Environment and Child Health International Birth Cohort Group (ECHIBCG) is comprised of large birth cohort studies from China, France, Germany, Japan and the United States. The aim of this Group is:

  • To promote a productive relationship among professionals involved in each birth cohort
  • To exchange opinions among professionals about approaches to measure child health, potential standardization of content and process in each birth cohort study
  • To coordinate efforts to standardize core elements in the birth cohort studies, such as selected exposure and outcome assessments and terminology
  • To foster development of methods and sharing of results to the scientific community to advance the state of the science for child health research and to develop a global learning community

The ECHIBCG meets regularly to share their expertise, current study practices, and efforts to standardize study visit procedures and processes.

The following article summarizes the ECHIBCG mission and purpose: (PDF 173 KB).

For more information on these different studies please see below:

Other NICHD supported Longitudinal Studies:

NICHD supported research: The NICHD supports research at many organizations through grants and contracts.

  • Add Health External Web Site Policy: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of youths in grades 7-12 in the United States
  • Fragile Families External Web Site Policy: The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is following a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents).
  • CFRS Longitudinal Study: The CFRS investigates dispositional, experiential, and environmental factors that contribute to physical, mental, emotional, and social development in human beings across the first two decades of life.

Other International Longitudinal Studies of Interest:

ENRICO External Web Site Policy: (Environmental Health Risk in European Birth Cohorts) is a project funded by the European Commission FP7 with the objective to advance knowledge on specific causal relationships between environmental contaminants and child health, through the coordination of pregnancy and birth cohorts.

Australian Longitudinal Studies: Australian Institute of Family Studies External Web Site Policy: The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing.

  • Growing up in Australia External Web Site Policy: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia.