NIH Awards $157 Million

NIH’s $157 million in awards for FY 2016 are going to be used to launch a seven year initiative called “Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes” (ECHO)

The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development influences the health of children and adolescents. The funding will help build the infrastructure for the ECHO program to support multiple longitudinal studies to expand existing cohort studies of mothers and their children.

ECHO components related to collecting data and network development include:

  • Pediatric cohorts to enroll more than 50,000 children from diverse racial, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Data will be analyzed as well as follow the children to address the early environmental origins of at least one of ECHO’s health outcome areas. Go to for awardees
  • Initiating the ECHO Coordinating Center responsible for managing logistics for all collaborative components of the initiative including coordination of the cohort study design, evaluation of progress, and tissue sample storage. Go to for awardees
  • Initiating the Data Analysis Center responsible for managing, developing, and applying new analytic methods in order to combine and analyze existing and new longitudinal data from participating cohorts. The Center will conduct sophisticated multi-level analyses on pooled consortium data to pinpoint potential causes of child health outcomes. Go to for awardees


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