209868 Environmental Assessments and Biological Specimen/Biobank Activities

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:35 PM

David J. Tollerud, MD, MPH , Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Louisville, KY
As part of its goal to investigate the relationship between environmental exposures and health outcomes, the National Children's Study will collect an extensive array of biological samples from study participants and environmental samples from their surroundings. This presentation will describe current NCS protocols for biological sample collection and subsequent biobanking at a central location. Challenges associated with collecting, processing, and shipping biological samples will be discussed, as well as relevant human subjects concerns and how they are being addressed. Current plans for collection and handling of home environmental samples will be described. Future possibilities will be explored regarding the magnitude and scope of potential future environmental sampling as children grow older, attend daycare and school, and are exposed to increasingly broad and diverse environments.

Learning Objectives:
Differentiate among environmental assessments for epidemiologic research.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Professor at School of Public Health; Environmental Sciences
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.