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Harmonizing Biomarker Measurements
in Longitudinal Studies of Children’s Health
and the Environment

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Large scale studies of environmental influences
on children’s health and development are being planned
or conducted in many places, including Japan, France,
Shanghai (China), the United States, and Germany.
The objective of these “next generation” studies is to
better understand a broad range of environmental and
social factors that influence the health and well-being
of children. Some of these studies are designed to enroll
tens of thousands of children and follow them for many
years to investigate the influence of the environment on
child growth, development and health. Environment is
broadly defined in these studies and includes investigation
of chemical, biological, physical and socioeconomic
factors. An international group composed of study teams
from Japan, France, Shanghai (China), the United States,
and Germany has been meeting since 2011 to exchange
information and work towards harmonization of processes
that would provide the opportunity to compare methods and develop procedures to conduct combined analyses
of results and data pooling procedures. Harmonization
of infant health outcomes, biomarkers, environmental
measurements, socioeconomic and migration status has
been initiated. This manuscript provides an overview of the
Environment and Child Health International Birth Cohort
Group and its history, describes the progress of work, and
discusses the advantages of this international collaborative
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