NIH GUIDE, Volume 22, Number 19, May 21, 1993


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  Prenatal Factors 

  Biological Resources 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is

seeking organizations that have the capacity as a center to store,

monitor, and distribute samples of serum collected from the

Collaborative Perinatal project (CPP).  CPP was a multi-center,

prospective cohort study of pregnancy and child development

administered by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and

Stroke (NINDS).  The original purpose of the Project was to study

factors responsible for the development of cerebral palsy, epilepsy,

mental retardation, and related neurological disorders of childhood.

As part of the CPP study protocol, serum was collected from the women

several times during pregnancy, at delivery, and at one to two months

postpartum. Serum was also collected from the umbilical cord of


Computer records indicate that a total of 833,756 samples of serum

stored in 4 ml. screw-capped vials were collected.  Fewer vials remain,

although the exact number is not known.  (They are currently being

inventoried.)  For the past 25 or more years, these vials have been

stored by the NINDS at -20 degrees C. in two walk-in cold rooms on the

NIH campus.  Custody of this resource has now been transferred to

NICHD.  They are presently being maintained under contract in

Rockville, Maryland.  Frequent on-site monitoring by the Project and

Contracting Officers will be necessary.  Therefore, the proposed

storage facility must be located within easy access to the NIH campus.

This announcement for a holding center is a new solicitation.  The

Request For Proposal was issued on May 12, 1993, and proposals are due

by 4:00 p.m. (Local Time) July 14, 1993.


All requests must cite the RFP number and include two self-addressed

mailing labels.  All sources who consider themselves qualified are

encouraged to submit proposals.  This advertisement does not commit the

Government to award a contract.  Organizations desiring a copy of the

above announced RFP may send a written request to:

Mrs. Lynn Salo

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Contracts Management Branch, OGC

6100 Building, Room 7A07

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-4611

FAX:  (301) 402-3676


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