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National Research Council (US) and Institute of Medicine (US) Panel to Review the National Children's Study Research Plan. The National Children's Study Research Plan: A Review. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2008.

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The Panel to Review the National Children’s Study (NCS) Research Plan acknowledges with appreciation the contributions of the many individuals who gave generously of their time and knowledge to this report.

Support for the review was provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). We particularly wish to thank Peter Scheidt, director of NCS, NICHD, who served as project officer for the review. He was very helpful in providing information and in responding to many questions from the panel and staff. We are grateful to Carla Maffeo, Westat, project officer for the NCS Coordinating Center, for speaking to the panel and providing relevant documents.

Members of the panel gave very generously of their time and expert knowledge in the deliberations that produced this report. Their timely and thoughtful work in drafting written reviews of the National Children’s Study is gratefully acknowledged.

Staff members of the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) provided important support and assistance to the panel. We acknowledge with gratitude their contributions. Gooloo S. Wunderlich, study director, was responsible for organizing the meetings of the panel, preparing drafts of large portions of the report based on the reviews prepared by panel members, and responding to the many comments from the reviewers on behalf of the panel. Bridget Edmonds provided administrative support. We gratefully acknowledge the important role of Constance F. Citro, director of CNSTAT, in the preparation of this report. Christine McShane, senior editor of the DBASSE reports office, provided professional editing advice, and Kirsten Sampson Snyder efficiently shepherded the report through the report review process.

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Lia C. H. Fernald, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; Elizabeth T. Gershoff, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; Howard Hu, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Medicine; Aletha C. Huston, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin; Lorraine V. Klerman, Institute for Child, Youth, and Family Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; Roderick J. A. Little, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan; Jenae M. Neiderhiser, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University; Thomas Smith, National Opinion Research Center, The University of Chicago; Deborah Klein Walker, Principal Associate, Abt Associates Inc., Cambridge, MA; Lawrence Wissow, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Robert Wright, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Nancy Adler, Center for Health and Community, University of California, San Francisco. Appointed by the National Research Council, she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring panel and the institution.

Samuel H. Preston, Chair

Panel to Review the National Children’s Study Research Plan

Copyright © 2008, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK20661


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