Unlocking the Power of Pediatric Health Data: Insights from Kids First and INCLUDE

In the field of medical research, a vital collaboration between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund's Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First) and the NIH INCLUDE Project is generating a novel dataset across pediatric conditions including  Down syndrome (DS), leukemia, and heart defects, with a central mission to unveil the shared genetic pathways among these disorders.

This extensive dataset is readily accessible through the Kids First Data Resource Portal and the INCLUDE Data Hub. Led by Dr. Stephanie Sherman from Emory University and Dr. Philip Lupo from Baylor College of Medicine, in conjunction with the Crnic Institute Human Trisome Project™ (HTP) helmed by Dr. Joaquin Espinosa at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium (PCGC), this research endeavor has produced substantial data, encompassing over 2,800 participants with DS.

Significantly, this dataset is among the largest ever released on the Kids First Portal or INCLUDE Data Hub, amassing over 16,000 files and a staggering 64TB of data. This invaluable resource is freely accessible for general research purposes, representing a pivotal advancement in the realm of medical research.

Already, scientists are capitalizing on the potential of this dataset to generate meaningful findings. For example, a recent study identified distinct genetic features in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) among individuals with DS, offering promising avenues for more targeted and effective therapies that can benefit a broader patient population.

Kids First and INCLUDE jointly champion the pursuit of understanding the intricate connections between congenital disorders, childhood cancer, DS, and co-occurring conditions. With access to these rich genomic datasets, researchers are empowered to expedite their investigations, all with the ultimate goal of providing children with improved medical treatments that promise a brighter, healthier future.

For those inspired by the remarkable work underway at Kids First and INCLUDE, avenues for involvement are open. You can delve deeper into the Kids First program and access their invaluable Kids First Data Resource Portal. If you're interested in exploring the INCLUDE Data Hub, access is just a click away.