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Funding News - Applications for Research on Child Neglect Sought

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), along with 10 other components of the Federal Government,* invites grant applications for research on child neglect.

While much attention is paid to the issue of child abuse, little research has addressed the equally significant problem of child neglect. Yet, child neglect can have profound health consequences, including premature birth and perinatal complications, physical injuries (such as central nervous system and craniofacial injuries, fractures, and severe burns), disfigurement, disabilities, and mental and behavioral problems. Child neglect is a serious health, justice, social services, and education problem; therefore more research is needed to augment and expand existing scientific knowledge of this issue.

Potential areas for research include studies of: the antecedents of neglect including individual and social risk factors of neglect, and cultural, social, religious, or ethnic differences in causes, patterns, and contexts of neglect; the consequences of neglect including the educational consequences, the impact of the socio-emotional behavior of children and youth, the impact of neglect on short- and long-term health outcomes, prenatal and postnatal influences on the developing brain, and long-term neurobiological sequelae/morbidity of neglect; the processes and mediators accounting for or influencing the effects of neglect; the treatment, preventive intervention, and service delivery for neglected children; the issues related to specific neglect populations and their caretakers; and the effect of non-residential, parental involvement as either a causative or preventive factor in neglect.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Deborah Hirtz, Program Director, Neurogenetics Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2212, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: (301) 496-5821; fax: (301) 480-1080; email:

*For a full list of supporting Federal Government components and a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: