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  • NIH Releases Report Summary of ECHO-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol Request for Information (RFI) Responses On August 11th, 2017 the NIH published an RFI seeking feedback from stakeholders and the general public on the ECHO-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol. The RFI specifically requested feedback and recommendations on the data element concepts, types of biospecimens, and innovative data collection methodology. The NIH received a number of responses from researchers, professional organizations, nonprofit organizations, and research foundations. View ...
  • NIH-Funded Study to Focus on Newborns Affected by Opioids   Experts plan clinical trial to test treatments for withdrawal syndrome. The National Institutes of Health is funding a new study to evaluate treatment options for newborns with opioid withdrawal syndrome, a condition caused by exposure to opioids during pregnancy. Currently, health care providers in the United States lack standard, evidence-based treatments for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, despite states reporting more cases in recent ...
  • ECHO Program Director Matthew Gillman Discusses Childhood Obesity Research ECHO Program Director Matthew Gillman spoke with the Washington Post about the effect of environmental factors on childhood obesity. The article, which looks specifically at obesity research in the context of the ECHO Program, features a Q&A with Dr. Gillman. Read the interview here.          
  • The NIH Invites Comments on the ECHO-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol On August 10, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input from a wide variety of stakeholders on the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol. Stakeholders that the NIH hopes will respond to the RFI include: non-ECHO researchers, advocacy groups, professional organizations, and the general public. Comments ...
  • ECHO’s Early Progress and Plans to Enhance Child Health in 2017 & Beyond As we begin 2017, I reflect on the promising strides ECHO has made and look forward to successes in 2017 and beyond. In November 2016, we kicked off ECHO in a big way. Bringing together all of ECHO’s Components under one roof, we hit the scientific ground running and began to foster the culture of collaboration that is vital to ...
  • ECHO Kickoff Highlights Team Science and Innovative Research On November 9th and 10th, nearly 200 outstanding scientists came together to launch the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program—and it was a major success. Attendees felt genuine enthusiasm to be part of ECHO’s mission to enhance the health of our nation’s children, guided by the principles of teamwork, impact, responsibility, and value. During his presentation, NIH Director Francis ...
  • Gauging Value from ECHO Stakeholders As the director of the new NIH program, Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO), I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with some of the country’s best scientists to identify, quantify, and explain how early environmental factors give rise to salient health outcomes of the pre- and perinatal period and during childhood and adolescence. My first job ...

Director's Corner

Matthew W. Gillman, M.D.

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