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Navajo Join Children’s Health Study After Decades of Mistrust

May 8, 2019, 7:48 PM

The second largest American Indian tribe will join a federally funded study examining environmental factors affecting children’s health, a step toward restoring trust following battles over researchers’ use of tribal blood samples.

The data-sharing agreement brokered by the National Institutes of Health between the Navajo Nation and researchers at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore and RTI International could be a gateway for more tribes to join similar partnerships, David R. Wilson, director of the NIH Tribal Health Research Office, told Bloomberg Law May 8.

The agreement, which all parties ratified May 7, allows the Navajo Birth Cohort Study to continue as...

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