National Children’s Study meeting led by UT Southwestern, UTHSCT to be held Tuesday afternoon in Paris

Monday, January 5, 2009

A brief reception to celebrate the award of the National Children’s Study in Lamar County will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, in Room 1202 of the Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center on the Paris Junior College campus.

The purpose of the meeting is to thank those who contributed to the study’s success, to discuss the plans for the next five years, and to provide an opportunity for informal discussion of the study.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, in partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will conduct the study in Lamar County.

The study, the largest of its kind in the United States, will examine the effects of environmental and genetic factors on child and adult health.

The national project will follow 100,000 children from before birth to age 21, tracking information on health issues such as asthma, birth defects, diabetes, injuries, and obesity.

When fully operational, the study is expected to include from 36 to 50 study centers and 105 selected sites. It was authorized by Congress and is being led by a consortium of federal agencies.

The study will receive more than $15 million in funding over the next five years to enable UTHSCT lead investigator Debra Cherry, MD, MS, and others to spearhead data-gathering and research efforts in Lamar County.

Dr. Cherry and Dr. George Lister, principle investigator and chair of pediatrics of UT Southwestern, will lead the North Texas Children’s Study Coalition.

Other partners are The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health and Battelle Memorial Institute.

Study team members planning to attend the meeting are: from UTHSCT, Dr. Cherry, Helen Miner, Ph.D., and Karen Gilmore, MPH; from UT Southwestern, Dr. Lister and Kenneth Leveno, MD; and from Paris, Pat Cochran, RN, MSN.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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