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The Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network: Another Step in the Development of the Field

Blum, Nathan J. MDthe DBPNet Steering Committee

Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: January 2012 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 78–83
doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31823e05bb
Special Article

Developmental-behavioral pediatrics was formally recognized as a subspecialty of pediatrics in 1999 with one of the goals being to promote research in the field. However, research has generally been a small component of most developmental-behavioral pediatricians' activities. In an effort to expand research in the field, the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) was funded through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau. This funding supports the development of an infrastructure to support multisite research that aims to optimize the health and functional status of children with developmental and behavioral concerns and disorders. This article describes the need for a developmental-behavioral pediatrics research network, the development of the infrastructure for DBPNet, and the mechanisms for investigators to collaborate with the Network.

From the Division of Child Development and Metabolic Disease, Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Received August 2011; accepted October 2011.

This study was supported by cooperative agreement UA3MC20218 from the Maternal Child Health Bureau (Combating Autism Act of 2006), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia).

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Address for reprints: Nathan Blum, MD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3550 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.