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Friday, September 23, 2005

Robert Bock or
Marianne Glass Miller
To participate by telephone: 1-800-470-5906

Research Centers Chosen To Conduct National Children’s Study
News Briefing Thursday, September 29, 1:00 PM ET
What: Federal officials will announce the names and locations of up to 8 vanguard study sites that will be the first to pilot test and conduct the National Children’s Study, the largest, most comprehensive, long-term study of environmental effects on human development conducted to date. More than 100,000 children across the United States will participate, as researchers will follow children from before birth until age 21. Study scientists will examine family genetics, neighborhoods and schools, chemical exposures, food and water, as well as children’s social and behavioral environments.

The National Children’s Study is led by a consortium of federal agency partners, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — through the National Institutes of Health (the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Who: Vice Admiral Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, United States Surgeon General
Duane Alexander, M.D., Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Dixie E. Snider, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Chief Science Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
David Schonfeld, M.D., FAAP, Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Research
Elena Rios, M.D., M.S.P.H., President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association
Sandra Gadson, M.D., President, National Medical Association
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, M.P.H., Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network
Nancy Green, M.D., Medical Director, March of Dimes
When: Thursday, September 29, 2005, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20045.
Dial in Option: If you are unable to attend the briefing, you may dial in at 1-800-470-5906. The briefing will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. EST. To participate, dial in 5-10 minutes before the conference begins. Teleconference name: National Children’s Study.

Important Instructions: To ask a question during the call press *1 on your touchtone phone, and to withdraw your question press *2. You may queue up at anytime. You will hear a tone indicating that your question is pending. A rebroadcast will be available for 24 hours after the briefing. To listen to the rebroadcast, dial 1-800-633-8284, Reservation number 21262074.

Sponsorship: This briefing is sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, one member of the consortium of federal agencies authorized to conduct the National Children’s Study.

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