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CHOC SELECTED TO CONDUCT NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY
October 03, 2005

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), in partnership with UC Irvine, the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and the County of Orange Health Care Agency (Orange County Consortium), has been selected to conduct the National Children's Study, the largest and most comprehensive long-term study of environmental effects on child development and health. The Orange County Consortium was named by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as one of six initial national Vanguard Centers for the study. For the first five years of the 25-year study, the Orange County Consortium will receive $14.6 million from the NIH to help refine and field test the initial protocol for this ambitious study. "This is very exciting news for Orange County, putting us on the national research map. By combining the tremendous resources of the community and joining in this national effort, we will gain valuable information from which to develop disease prevention strategies, health and safety guidelines, and possibly new treatments and cures," says Dr. Maria Minon, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at CHOC. In addition to the Orange County Consortium, other Vanguard Centers include: New York City (Queens); Duplin County, N.C.: Montgomery County, Pa.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Waukesha County, Wis. Eventually 97 other study sites will join the Vanguard Centers, and each will implement the final protocol with 1,000 families participating in each of these locations. As currently planned, the National Children's Study will follow more than 100,000 children from before birth to age 21. Study researchers hope to better understand how children's genes and their environments interact to affect their health and development. The National Children's Study was developed and is funded by a consortium of federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - and the Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, please visit www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov. Details of the Orange County Vanguard Center of the National Children's Study will be released at a later date. Other contact information: UCI - Tom Vasich, 949-824-6455 County of Orange Health Care Agency: Howard Sutter, 714-834-2178 Children and Families Commission of Orange County, Michael Ruane, 714-834-5310

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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