The National Children's Study will follow 100,000 children across the United States from before birth until age 21.
Women who are pregnant or likely to become pregnant and their families will be invited to participate. Durham parents can register to participate by calling Project Manager Sharon Loza at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at 919-966-6749.
The study is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency and is being conducted at the UNC Carolina Population Center.
The study will look at aspects of a child's environment including neighborhood safety, eating habits, water and air quality.