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June 2015

The Future of the National Children’s Study

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Education, University of California, Irvine
  • 2Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(6):517-518. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0364

On December 12, 2014, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, announced his intention to discontinue the National Children’s Study (NCS), ending nearly 15 years of planning and pilot testing at a cost of $1.3 billion. As 3 of the authors and editors of the report by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine The National Children’s Study 2014: An Assessment,1 we welcome the opportunity to provide our perspectives on future directions for the study.

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