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June 2015

In the Aftermath of the National Children’s Study

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Pediatric Cardiology, The Children’s Heart Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson
  • 4Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson
  • 5Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 6Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(6):519-520. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0272

The Golden Globe Best Picture winner, Boyhood, illustrates the power and impact of a longitudinal study of early exposures on child and family development and future health and well-being. The Children’s Health Act (CHA) of 2000 recognized the need for such research and supported a large longitudinal study called the National Children’s Study (NCS). The overarching goal of the NCS was to better understand how childhood environmental exposures impacted growth and development. However, the study never fully launched, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) decided in December 2014 to “orderly close” the endeavor, marking a tremendous missed opportunity.1

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