Largest Children’s Health Study in History

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Vanderbilt Medical Center is participating in the largest long-term study of child health in U.S. history beginning this winter.  The study will track 1,000 Davidson County children from birth to age 21 as part of an overall study of 100,000 children nationwide. The recruitment of women who are pregnant or who plan to be over the next four years is currently underway.  Part of the National Children’s Study, researchers will examine how environment, behavior and genetics impact children’s health, development and growth. 

To learn more about the study, visit  If you are a Davidson County parent with interest in participating in the study, e-mail J. Nikki McKoy, the study center coordinator for the study at

Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of Nashville Parent and the mom of four amazing kids.

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