$52 Million NIH Grant Brings ELVIS to University, Medical Center

Biomedical Scientists at VUMC Are Launching a Research Platform Devoted to Molecular Underpinnings of Early-Childhood Determinants of Health


Having received a seven-year, $51 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, biomedical scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are launching a research platform devoted to molecular underpinnings of early-childhood determinants of health.

The project, called ELVIS, or, less connotatively, the ECHO Laboratory core at Vanderbilt for Integrated Sample biobanking and processing, is part of an expansion of ECHO, the NIH’s multi-center Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes program, which launched in 2016 with an initial $157 million in funding, including to teams at VUMC.

Under ELVIS, biospecimens collected around the country from participants in ECHO’s long-term research cohorts will arrive for biobanking and analysis at VUMC, and data from the ensuing molecular assays will flow to ECHO-qualified researchers everywhere via a secure web portal.

“Whether it’s to do with pollution and chemical exposures or things like diet and stress, we’ve come to understand that a range of early childhood experiences and environmental exposures can all too frequently pose significant long-term health consequences,” said Suman Das, PhD, research associate professor of Medicine and project leader and principal investigator for ELVIS.

Read the full, original story by Paul Govern here.

Be a Part of Our Impact

Your contributions to these campaign pathways can drive bold new levels of growth that will shape our next 150 years.

Give Now