Archive Update (Sept. 2018) – New Data Brief, New Tool Functions and Updated Sample Data

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on Sept. 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

The September 2018 release of the NCS Archive adds a new data brief, new publications, new tool functionality, and updates to the available biospecimen and environmental samples.

These updates along with other improvements are outlined below.

General

Data & Documentation

Publications

Research Request

Research Tools

Sample & Lab Data


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Breastfeeding and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the National Children’s Study

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on July 24, 2018, noon

The National Children’s Study collected health data on over 5,400 birth families from prenatal up to early childhood (age 5). That data and samples from these participants is available in the NCS Archive. The report, Breastfeeding and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the National Children’s Study, provides an example of the use of the NCS Archive data for pediatric research.


An exploratory examination of the association between breastfeeding of infants and risk of later development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was completed using the 1,429 children who were screened for risk of autism using the M-CHAT instrument and whose mother completed both 6-month and 12-month postpartum questions on breastfeeding.

Descriptive analysis for mothers and the children was completed for those screened by the M-CHAT as At Risk or Not At Risk.

For mothers the analysis included:

For children analysis included:


If a researcher is interested in pursuing the current research topic further, for example, exploring breastmilk composition in relation to various child health outcomes, breastmilk specimens were collected from a subset of mothers during the birth and 3-month interview visits. These samples are available to approved researchers for laboratory analysis and can be requested through the NCS Archive. The NCS also provides a rich collection of familial information such as demographics of the father, child medications, physical measures, tobacco smoke exposure, insurance status, childcare arrangements, and home exposures for future exploration.

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NICHD Secondary Analyses Funding Opportunity

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on June 30, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

We call your attention to the recent NICHD Program Announcement PA-17-299, “Small Grants for Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens (R03)”, which may be applied to data and samples from the NCS Archive.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications that propose to conduct secondary analyses of publicly available NICHD-funded data sets or stored biospecimens. The goal of this program is to facilitate innovative yet cost-effective research utilizing data and biospecimens collected with NICHD resources. R03 grants provide up to $50,000 per year in direct costs for a total project period of up to two years.

The Open Date (Earliest Submission Date) is September 16, 2017. Follow this link to learn more - https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-299.html.


Update:

Part 2.Section1. Funding Opportunity Description has been updated: Notice of Change in PA-17-299 "Small Grants for Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens (R03)"

The list of initiative supported secondary analyses has been expanded to include NIH and NICHD-supported HIV/AIDS data and specimens.

The full list of concepts is now but is not limited to:

Risk Factors Affecting Maternal Health and Pregnancy

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on June 29, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

The National Children’s Study collected health data on frequently tracked maternal risk factors from over 5,000 women prior to conception and during their pregnancies as part of the Vanguard Study. This information was collected using in-person interviews, phone interviews, medical abstracts, and self-reported questionnaires from 2009 to 2014.


The Risk Factors Affecting Maternal Health and Pregnancy Collected in the NCS Vanguard Study (PDF - 1.4MB) data brief contains national benchmark comparisons for:


To learn more about available NCS data, please Login or register. There are currently over 14,000 variables from 150+ datasets available for new and unique research and analysis.

Archive Update (Apr. 2018) – New Data Briefs, New Teaching Datasets and Updated Tools

Posted by Peter Gilbertson on April 26, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

The April 2018 release of the NCS Archive adds a new data brief, new Teaching Dataset, a new look and feel to the tools pages and updates to documentation and research inventories.

These updates along with other improvements are outlined below.

General

Data & Documentation

Publications

Research Request

Research Tools

Sample & Lab Data