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International study launched

The large-scale European lifeCycle Project has been launched on Monday, 3 April at Erasmus MC. Generation R is coordinator of the project.

Vincent JaddoeThis project will bring together pregnancy and child cohort study researchers in a new, open and sustainable network, the EU CHILD Cohort Network. This network can be used to identify novel markers of early-life stressors which may affect health trajectories throughout the lifecycle.

The project received € 10.4 million from the Horizon2020 programme. It will be carried out by a multinational and multidisciplinary consortium consisting of 18 partners from 10 different European countries and Australia. "Early life is a window of opportunity", Project Coordinator Professor Vincent Jaddoe from Erasmus MC explains. "Adverse exposures just before and during pregnancy and during early childhood can have a profound effect on health and disease during childhood, adolescence and adulthood."

"The study combines data on over 250,000 children and their parents from Europe and Australia to provide robust scientific evidence on this important topic. Research findings will be translated into new prevention and intervention policies focused on the earliest phase of life giving next generations the best possible start."

Up to date
For further information and to keep up to date with the LifeCycle project visit: www.lifecycle-project.eu and see the press release.

Date published: 3 April 2017.

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