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Vanderbilt Launches Largest Child Health Study in US

Dr. Katherine Hartmann at Vanderbilt

Dr. Katherine Hartmann at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University Medical Center will officially launch the largest long-term study of child health in United States history during a special event today, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m, although not at their location in Cool Springs.

The study is in conjunction with the Davidson Partners for Children’s Health, which includes the Tennessee Department of Health, Governor’s Office for Child Care Coordination, Metro Nashville Health Department, Meharry Medical College, Baptist Hospital, Centennial Hospital, Summit Hospital and Metro General Hospital.

The National Children’s Study, which will begin recruiting mothers and their unborn babies locally beginning Dec. 15, will examine how environment, behavior and genetics impact children’s health, development and growth. The Study Center plans to recruit 1,000 women who are either pregnant or planning to be pregnant over the next four years.

Today’s event will include a chance for the media to speak to members of the Davidson Partners for Children’s Health, a collaborative team of scientists and administrative leaders from Davidson County facilitating the research under Vanderbilt’s contract.

Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis at Meharry

Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis at Meharry

Overall, the national study will track 100,000 children from before birth to age 21. The study will be able to look for contributing causes of a myriad of childhood diseases, including autism, asthma, diabetes, obesity, birth defects and mental health disorders. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Vanderbilt a $12 million contract in 2008 to be one of 105 study centers across the nation. Only about 30 locations, including Vanderbilt, are currently active as pilot sites.

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What: Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Conjunction with the Davidson Partners in Child Health Launches Largest Child Health Study in the United States

When: Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Martin Professional Development Center
2400 Fairfax Avenue
Nashville, Tenn.

Who: Davidson Partners for Children’s Health

Katherine Hartmann, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Women’s Health Research at Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt University

Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D.
Chair and Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Meharry Medical College

Cornelia Graves, M.D.
Medical Director, TN Maternal Fetal Medicine
Physician Executive, Baptist Hospital