Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Center for the National Children’s Study (PNWNCS) at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington. The PNWNCS is the Coordinating Center for the National Children’s Study in the great states of Washington and Oregon.
The PNWNCS is led by internationally recognized investigators in the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and is supported by an experienced and dedicated team. This team includes obstetricians (doctors who deliver babies), pediatricians (doctors who care for children), epidemiologists (scientists who study factors affecting health and illness), toxicologists (scientists who study the health effects of chemicals), and nurses.
Our Study Center has partnered with health experts from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Washington State University, Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, Thurston County Department of Public Health, and the Oregon Health Sciences University to conduct this landmark study.
The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21 years. This study will be the largest study of children’s health ever conducted in our nation.
The goal of the National Children’s Study is to find out how the environment affects the health, growth, and well-being of children. Information from our Study Center will address the unique aspects of the environment in the Northwest and how this may affect the health and development of children in our region.
This Web site will introduce you to our Study Center and the location where we will be conducting the Study.