The National Institutes of Health announced an important initiative in 2016 to bring together studies throughout the United States in order to learn more about diseases, such as asthma and allergies that affect many children. The Wisconsin Infant Study Cohort (WISC) has now joined with 11 other studies to learn about environmental influences on allergies and asthma during childhood, said Marshfield site Principal Investigator Dr. Cap Bendixsen. This new study is called CREW (Children’s Respiratory Research and the Environment Workgroup), and includes studies from mostly urban areas and suburban areas throughout the United States. As part of CREW, the WISC study will be sharing and comparing information about early life environmental exposures and its effects on children’s health. WISC is the only participating study located in rural America.