Emory gets $29M for National Children’s Study

3 10 2008

Atlanta Business Chronicle

A group headed by Emory University has won $28.5 million in federal funding for the National Children’s Study, which investigates the impact of environment and genetics on the health of American children.

In 2007, Emory was awarded $25.5 million during the first round of federal research funding to launch the National Children’s Study in DeKalb and Fayette counties in Georgia. The current award will be used to recruit study volunteers in Baldwin County, Ga., and Bradley County, Tenn.

Emory will partner with the Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Medicine (UTCOMC) and Battelle Memorial Institute to begin research. Emory and its partner research teams will collect genetic, biological, and environmental samples from study volunteers in rural Georgia and Tennessee, and compile statistical information for analyses.

“We are very pleased that rural Georgia and rural Tennessee will be represented in the National Children’s Study,” said Carol J. Hogue, professor of epidemiology and maternal and child health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. “Environmental problems for rural infants and children may be quite different from those of our urban centers, like Atlanta, but we wouldn’t know that without including them in the study.”

The study seeks information to prevent and treat some of the nation’s most pressing health problems, including autism, birth defects, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

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