NICHD is issuing this Notice to alert interested investigators to the availability of the NCS Vanguard Data and Sample Archive and Access System (NCS Archive).
The National Children’s Study Vanguard was a pilot study for a planned cohort study of environmental influences on child health and development. Starting in 2009, the study enrolled over 14,000 participants in over 5,000 families in 40 locations throughout the United States and followed them through 2014. It collected more than 14 million records and nearly 19,000 biological and 5,500 environmental primary samples from which a sample repository of over 250,000 items was created. That information and material now will be available through the NCS Archive for approved research projects by qualified investigators. The initial release consists of study data from 2009-2010. Additional data and sample availability will follow in subsequent releases. Note that due to its pilot nature, identical evaluations were not conducted on all participants over the course of the study.
Additional information is available on the NCS web page of the NICHD public website and through the NCS Archive.
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