AACC is working to improve the pediatric reference intervals (PRI) used by clinicians and other health care providers to appropriately interpret test results and make critical decisions involving children's health. This initiative, spearheaded by the Association's Pediatric Reference Range Committee (PRRC) and Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal (PMF) Division, is committed to:
- Educating key stakeholders about the need for new pediatric reference intervals;
- Fostering greater collaboration and sharing of data among interested parties; and
- Promoting new research to create the data needed for developing new pediatric reference ranges.
To kickoff this effort, the PRRC is conducting a research study in 2012, using blood spots from the NIH National Children's Study, to generate new reference ranges for certain amino acids and steroids.
Pediatric Reference Range Committee
Mike Bennett, PhD, Chair BENNETTMI@email.chop.edu
Dennis Dietzen, PhD Dietzen_D@kids.wustl.edu
Patti Jones, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Lo, PhD email@example.com
Amy Pyle, PhD Amy.Pyle@nationwidechildrens.org
NIH National Children's Study
In 2000, Congress passed the Children's Health Act (Public Law 106-310), which directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a 20-year study – the National Children's Study (NCS) -- to examine the impact of environmental factors on the health and development of children. The study will examine more than 100,000 children from birth until the age of 21 to determine the root cause of a number of childhood and adult conditions.
Ongoing Pediatric Reference Interval Studies
Key Pediatric Reference Range Sites
- Open Session at AACC Annual Meeting to Discuss Pediatric Reference Range Initiative (More information forthcoming)
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org useful Pediatric websites not listed on the AACC site