Supporting health research through the National Children’s Study

Children’s is excited to support, and ultimately benefit from, the National Children’s Study. Even though most children grow up healthy and live longer than ever before, the rates of asthma, diabetes, obesity, and other health problems continue to rise.  We still have many questions about how genetics and the environment—the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the communities we live in—affect health, especially our children’s health.

The National Children’s Study (NCS) is the largest research study of genetic and environmental influences on children’s health ever conducted in the United States.  The Study enrolled women before or during pregnancy and will follow their children until they turn 21 years old.

Information learned from the Study could help doctors and other health care providers help children achieve the best health and may prevent health problems in children and adults.

The participation of families from many different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups across the country is critical for the success of the Study.  More than 100 study locations in the United States were chosen through a selection process than ensures families are enrolled without any bias.  There are currently two active Vanguard (or pilot) NCS locations in Minnesota.

In early 2012 it was determined that sufficient numbers of women had been enrolled in study and enrollment of new participants ended as of March 1, 2012.  Current efforts are focused on retaining enrolled participants and evaluating the pilot phase in preparation for the Main Study which is planned to begin in 2013.

Families and children who participate in the Study are making an important contribution to the health of future generations.  More information about the National Children’s Study can be accessed at

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