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School & Program Updates

Johns Hopkins Awarded $95 Million NIH Grant

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 its new Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, an initiative designed to understand how the environment influences health beginning in the womb.

Poised to be the premier study of child health, the ECHO program will capitalize on existing groups, or cohorts, of more than 50,000 children from across the United States to initially focus on four areas: obesity; airway conditions such as asthma and allergies; neurodevelopment, including diseases such as autism; and prenatal and postnatal outcomes, such as birth defects.

As ECHO’s Data Analysis Center, the Bloomberg School will lead the data analysis for ECHO, while RTI will lead the data management. The grant – which will be $5 million in the first year – is part of $157 million in 2016 awards to many institutions announced today.

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