School of Public Health receives $95M grant to study environmental influences on child health

The National Institutes of Health today announced that the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with the research firm RTI International, will receive a seven-year, $95 million grant to analyze the data from a new initiative designed to understand how the environment influences health beginning in the womb.

The Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, program, will examine data from more than 50,000 children from across the United States and initially focus on four areas:

  • Obesity
  • Airway conditions such as asthma and allergies
  • Neurodevelopment, including diseases such as autism
  • Prenatal and postnatal outcomes, such as birth defects
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