Global Policy Advocacy - Case Study: Federal Funding for the National Children's Study
01 May 2012
For the past several years, we have represented a group of research universities, research organizations, and other entities who are conducting the largest long term study of human health ever conducted in the United States. This study, called the National Children's Study (Children's Study), was mandated by Congress in 2000 and will follow 100,000 children from birth to age 21. By working with pregnant women and couples, the study will gather an unprecedented amount of data about how genes and the environment interact to affect childhood health. Examining a wide-range of environmental factors – from air, water, and house dust to what children eat and how often they see a doctor – the study will help to develop preventive strategies and cures for a wide-range of childhood diseases. The study targets the maladies most plaguing America's youth today: asthma, certain birth defects, neurobehavioral syndromes such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, schizophrenia and obesity. By collecting data from a nationwide population – before diseases arise – the study will test suspected but unproven theories in data that will inform spinoff studies for years to come. This seminal effort promises to provide the foundation for children's health care in the 21st century.