Chambers to Co-Lead First 25-year National Study on Children's Health, San Diego

Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH

Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, epidemiologist and professor of pediatrics in dysmorphology and teratology at UC San Diego, will co-lead the first national 25-year study researching children’s health in San Diego. In collaboration with UC San Diego and San Diego State University, Chambers’ team are actively recruiting 1,000 local women who are pregnant or expect to become pregnant to participate in the study. The study will follow their children from before birth until age 21.

“This study is unparalleled in terms of size and length of the trial,” says Chambers.

Authorized by Congress in the National Children’s Health Act of 2000, the National Children’s Study is estimated to cost several billion dollars to complete. Twenty-five years from now, approximately 100,000 children from 105 counties across the country are expected to participate in the National Children’s Study, making it a landmark study ever to research the factors that influence children’s health and development in the United States.

It is led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, one of the National Institutes of Health.

The intention of the study is that by examining such a large cohort of children over time, new information on the causes or contributors of many childhood medical issues such as asthma, cancer and autism could be revealed. In general, much less is known about pediatric conditions than many of those affecting adults.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the last large study of children’s health was the National Collaborative Perinatal Project from 1959 to 1974, which followed 50,000 children from birth through age 8.

The San Diego researchers are seeking 1,000 women in 14 demographically representative neighborhoods, beginning with Escondido, National City, Fallbrook and the North Park neighborhood of San Diego.

For more information on participating in the study or what the study is about, call 877-706-2773 or visit

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San Diego Union Tribune, January 10, 2011
National Study Launched Researching Children’s Health, by Janet Lavelle

UCSD Health Sciences News, January 11, 2011
National Children's Study Begins Recruitment in San Diego by Jackie Carr

Article written by: Shivani Singh, Sr. Web Writer, UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics,