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  • New ECHO-funded Research Shows Chronic Illnesses in Children Do Not Necessarily Lead to Dissatisfaction The ECHO researchers’ findings suggest that children with chronic illnesses are just as happy as their peers who do not have chronic illnesses. The May 2019 issue of Pediatrics published findings from a recent study by ECHO researchers Courtney Blackwell, Amy Elliott, Jody Ganiban, Julie Herbstman, Kelly Hunt, Chris Forrest, and Carlos Camargo. The publication, titled “General Health and Life Satisfaction ...
  • NIH, ECHO, and the Navajo Nation Make History with New Data-Sharing and Use Agreement This landmark agreement enables the Navajo Birth Cohort Study (NBCS) to continue as part of the ECHO Program. May 8, 2019 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) facilitated a data-sharing and use agreement between the Navajo Nation and NIH grantees of the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program at the Navajo Nation Head Start Center in Leupp, Arizona. This agreement, ...
  • ECHO Leaders Spotlight Child Health Research at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting ECHO will have a strong presence at the 2019 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The ECHO Program will spotlight its advancement of child health research through three special ECHO-wide sessions at this year’s PAS Meeting in Baltimore, MD. These sessions are in addition to numerous abstracts that ECHO investigators are presenting in oral or poster sessions. You ...
  • ECHO Program Receives Green Light to Begin Expansive Child Health Research Single institutional review board approves the NIH’s ECHO cohort research to proceed, which promises answers to high-impact research questions related to early influences on child health outcomes. February 1, 2019 The Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program today announced it has received single institutional review board (sIRB) approval to begin its research under the ECHO-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol. The ...
  • ECHO-funded study sheds light on second- and third-hand smoke exposure in kids A recent study funded by the ECHO Program, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and National Institute on Drug Abuse, shows that infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk for second- and third-hand smoke than previously reported in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Findings were dependent on the detectable presence ...
  • ‘Current Opinion in Pediatrics’ Publishes Seven Manuscripts from ECHO Program The April 2018 issue of Current Opinion in Pediatrics features seven manuscripts authored by and about the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) research program, supported by the National Institutes of Health. Readers can find each of the manuscripts, one from each active ECHO Program Component, in the journal’s “Therapeutics and Toxicology” section. Together, they offer readers a glimpse ...
  • ECHO Program Director Matthew Gillman Pens National Library of Medicine Data Blog Dr. Gillman wrote a post for the National Library of Medicine blog about the ways the ECHO Program aims maximize the value of data from a large, multi-cohort consortium and model it to the scientific and general community. Read the post here.    
  • 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.          

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