Baby Is Born Just In Time For Mother’s Day

For Immediate Release 5/9/2012

SAN DIEGO, CA – The groundbreaking National Children’s Study (NCS) San Diego, which aims to follow local children from before birth until 21 years of age, has welcomed its 100th baby into the study this week.

Under the direction of Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Melbourne Hovell, PhD, MPH of San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health, the NCS aims to examine the effects of environmental and genetic factors on the growth, development, and long-term health of children.

Last year, as part of the pilot phase of the NCS, women in San Diego County who were pregnant or expected to become pregnant were recruited door-to-door. The landmark study will be the most in-depth investigation into the factors influencing a child’s health and development in U.S. history.

“Many of the critical questions we have about the environment and our children’s health and development, including what is harmful as well as what is helpful, can be answered only by a study of this size and depth. Because of the NCS, we expect to know more about the factors that contribute to a wide range of childhood conditions such as asthma, obesity, birth defects, and learning disabilities. This information can directly help improve the health of children in San Diego, ” said Chambers.

NCS is housed at the UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Center for the Promotion of Maternal Health and Infant Development located in the Rady Children’s Hospital complex at 7910 Frost Street, San Diego.

To learn more about the National Children’s Study, please visit or e-mail

Media Contact: Nicole Chavez, 858-246-1745,


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