Today is Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Department of Environmental Health

Communities Actively Researching Exposure Study (CARES)

The Research Study

The study recruited children ages 7-9 in Washington and Guernsey Counties in Ohio and Wood County in West Virginia during 2008-2013. The study was also expanded to include children in Columbiana County, Ohio, Hancock County, West Virginia, and Beaver County Pennsylvania. The mother of the child must have resided in the community while pregnant with the child.


The University of Cincinnati has partnered with three communities in or near Eastern Ohio to address the community-driven question: Does air pollution affect our children’s health?

The goal of the study is to understand the effects of air pollution on children’s health.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

The study originally recruited children ages 7-9 in Washington, Guernsey, Columbiana Counties, Ohio, Wood and Hancock Counties, West Virginia, and Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Now, the CARES2 study will ask the same children ages 13-17 to return for further participation in the study.

What Does the Study Involve?

The CARES2 study will involve several new activities that will test your child’s verbal, special, and academic skills. For instance, one activity involves tower building and naming colors, while another activity involves reading words and doing some light math.

While your child is participating in the activities, we will ask you to complete a few questionnaires about your child. We will also collect a small sample of hair and blood from your child, and we will ask you to provide us with a sample of your child’s toenails.

Where is the Study Taking Place?

Testing will occur at the original locations in Marietta and East Liverpool, Ohio.

In Marietta, testing will occur at the Center for Children & Families at Marietta College.

In East Liverpool, testing will occur at Kent State University East Liverpool Campus.

If invited to participate in the additional testing for MRI and balance, testing will occur at Children’s Hospital Pittsburg and Thomas Hall at Marietta College.

Is there any Benefit for Participating in the Study?

The information we learn will help children across the nation who may be exposed to air pollution by helping to shape national environmental and public health policy.

You and your child will receive $125 for your participation and may be compensated for travel.

Additional parts of the study, MRI and balance, will have further compensation.

How will my Child’s Information be Kept Private?

Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of your study records.

However, certain people from the United States Food and Drug Administration, the University of Cincinnati, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, who is sponsoring company, will be allowed to inspect sections of your medical and research records related to this study.

The information we learn from the study will be published in scientific journals; however, your child will not be identified by name. Your child’s identity will remain confidential.

Why did you choose to study Marietta, Cambridge, and East Liverpool, Ohio?

We chose three Eastern Ohio communities: two with reportedly high levels of air pollution, Marietta, and East Liverpool, and one with reportedly low levels of air pollution, Cambridge.

Who do I contact for more Information?

  • Jody, Marietta Study Coordinator, at (740) 376-4174
  • Delores, East Liverpool Study Coordinator, at (330) 382-7428
  • Erin Haynes, Principal Investigator, at (513) 558-5427