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Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Please read the following terms and conditions before using this Website or any other Website that is owned, operated or sponsored by Texas Children's Hospital including the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital Website. All references to "Texas Children's" refer to Texas Children's Hospital and its entities."

By accessing or using any Texas Children's Websites including the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital Website, you agree to the following terms and conditions. Texas Children's recommends that you review these terms and conditions regularly as they may change at any time at the discretion of Texas Children's. If you do not agree to any term or condition, you should not access or use Texas Children's Websites.

The following terms and conditions apply to all Websites owned, operated or sponsored by Texas Children's entities.

Texas Children's Websites are provided for your convenience only. Texas Children's Websites are provided to you for your information and convenience only. Texas Children's Website content* is provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind, express or implied. By providing access to our Website content, we do not warrant or represent that:

  • The content is free from technical inaccuracies or typographical errors;
  • The content is free from changes caused by a third party;
  • The content is accurate or complete;
  • The content is up-to-date or current; or that
  • Your access to any Texas Children's Website will be free from interruptions, errors, computer viruses or other destructive components.

*Content refers to any materials, documents, images, graphics, logos, design, audio, videos and any other information provided from or on our Websites.

No right, title or interest in any Content is transferred to you, whether as a result of downloading such Content or otherwise. Texas Children's reserves complete title and full intellectual property rights in all Content.

Acceptable Use

You may view, download, and print information on this site solely for noncommercial personal use only. You agree to use the Website only for lawful purposes. You agree not to take any action that might compromise the security of the Website, render the Website inaccessible to others or otherwise cause damage to the Website or the Content. You also agree not to transmit, post, or distribute anything that is obscene, libelous, abusive, vulgar, threatening, discourteous or otherwise objectionable, violates any law or rights of any party, or a virus or other harmful material. Users are solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of rights or other harm resulting from such submissions.

Except as expressly authorized by this Terms of Use, you may not use, alter, copy, distribute, transmit, or derive another work from any Content obtained from the Website, except as expressly permitted by the Terms of Use.

Children's Privacy

Protecting the privacy of children is very important to Texas Children's. Texas Children's supports the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). For that reason, we do not collect or maintain information at Texas Children's Websites from those who have identified themselves as under 13 years of age.

Learn more about the privacy practices of Texas Children's Hospital.

Third-Party Links

Texas Children's may provide links to other Websites maintained by third parties or may provide content on Texas Children's Websites from third parties through the use of "frames" or other methods. These links are provided for your information and convenience only and does not constitute an endorsement, approval, support, authorization, or sponsorship of the content of any linked Websites by us.

Texas Children's assumes no liability for the content of any linked Website. If you access or use any third-party Websites linked to Texas Children's Websites, you do so at your own risk. It is up to you to take precautions to ensure that other Websites are free of viruses, worms or other software of a destructive nature. Texas Children's reserves the right to terminate any third-party Website link at any time.

If a third party links to a Texas Children's Website, it does not constitute an endorsement, adoption, authorization, sponsorship, affiliation, joint venture or partnership between Texas Children's and that third party.

A Website that links to our Website:

  • Should not replicate Texas Children's Website content;
  • Should not imply Texas Children's is endorsing its products, services or its Website;
  • Should not misrepresent it relationship with Texas Children's;
  • Should not create a browser, border or frame for Texas Children's content;
  • Should not present false information about Texas Children's products or services; and
  • Should not contain content that could be construed as distasteful, offensive or controversial.

Information We Collect

Personal information is information that can be used to identify or contact you. Texas Children's collects only the personal information you provide to us in the following ways: 1) When you register as a member of Online Parents' Connection and/or when you update your member profile and 2) When you access our site and complete mail-to links or forms that are used to contact Texas Children's, such as our Career Opportunities response mechanism. These mail-to links and forms collect information you provide in order for Texas Children's to deliver requested materials, respond to your questions, or provide related information.

Privacy and Information Security

Texas Children's respects your privacy and will not voluntarily release, trade or sell any information you provide without your approval. Unfortunately, transmission of data or information (including communication by e-mail) over the Internet is not secure and is subject to possible loss, interception or alteration in transit. Texas Children's does not assume any liability for any damages you may experience or costs you may incur as a result of any transmission. While Texas Children's employs commercially reasonable efforts to safeguard the privacy of the information you provide us and treat such information in accordance with our privacy practices, in no event will the information you provide to us be deemed to be confidential, create any fiduciary obligations to you on our part, or result in any liability to you on our part in the event that such information is inadvertently released by us or accessed by third parties without our consent. Texas Children's does not want to receive confidential or proprietary information from you through any Texas Children's Website. If you transmit information or post any information via Texas Children's Websites, including but not limited to personal health information or business matters of any kind, it will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary. Texas Children's is not responsible for the release of any information you provide directly to other users of this Website or third parties.

Newsletters and Email Alerts

Texas Children's Website offers email alerts and newsletters to users who have registered and provided us with an email address for notification. These email alerts and newsletters may include notices of upcoming special events, general health information or other items specific to the area of interest you indicated. If you no longer want to receive these items, you may withdraw from any email alert or newsletter list by using the "unsubscribe" option.


A cookie is a small text file stored on your hard disk by a Website you have visited. Cookies contain information to remind the Website about you the next time you visit. Cookies are used on some password-protected areas of Texas Children's Websites to hold your username and viewing options.

Log Files

Texas Children's log files automatically collect Internet protocol (IP) addresses for security purposes. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information unless the IP address you have designated contains information such as your name, e.g.

Changes to the Terms of Use

Texas Children's reserves the right to change or discontinue all or any content or features of its Websites, or to change all or part of this Terms of Use, at any time without notice or liability to you. Any changes to these Terms of Use shall be effective immediately following the posting of such changes on the website or upon other notice to users.

Preregistration Using Electronic Forms

If you elect to electronically submit a completed pre-registration form, you agree that you do so at your own risk, and that you assume all responsibility for any liability arising from such electronic submission or from any errors or omissions in the data you provide. In addition, a completed pre-registration form does not create or constitute any relationship between you and Texas Children's (its directors, officers, employees, agents or representatives) or any of the physicians on Texas Children's medical staff.

Trademark Rights

Texas Children's, Texas Children's Hospital, its logo and other identifying marks of Texas Children's are and shall remain the trademarks and trade names and exclusive property of Texas Children's. You are prohibited from using any of the marks or logos appearing throughout the Website without permission Texas Children's.


Copyright 2008 by Texas Children's. All rights reserved. All text, images, graphics, sound files, animation files, video files and their arrangement on this and all other Texas Children's Websites is the copyrighted property of Texas Children's and is protected by international copyright law. These materials may not be copied in whole or in part for commercial use or distribution, nor may they be modified or re-posted to other sites. Any unauthorized use of intellectual property that belongs to Texas Children's is strictly prohibited and may be prosecuted under the law.

Venue, Jurisdiction and Choice of Law

By accessing this site you are consenting to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts located in Houston, Texas, for any action arising out of or relating to this agreement (including without limitation any use of this Website). The Terms of Use will be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of Texas, without regard to any conflict of laws provisions.

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