National Children’s Study Begins Recruiting in Westmoreland County


Media event discussing the National Children’s Study, the largest long-term examination of children’s health ever conducted in the United States. This study, currently being conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has begun recruiting participants in Westmoreland County and 149 other counties nationwide.


10 a.m., Thursday, March 10


Campana Chapel, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
150 Finoli Dr., Greensburg, PA 15601


Conducted by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Children’s Study is following 100,000 children nationwide from before birth to age 21 to learn how the environment influences children’s health, development and quality of life. Researchers expect to analyze the information they collect for years to come, to gain new understanding of how environmental factors might interact with genes to affect health and development. The study broadly defines “environment” and considers issues such as natural and man-made environmental factors, biological and chemical factors, physical surroundings, social factors and genetics.
Officials selected Westmoreland County to recruit female participants for the National Children’s Study because of its location, its diversity and the number of children born there each year. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant in the next few years and who live in Westmoreland County may be eligible to participate.



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