Optimizing early-life conditions will
help to maximize the human
developmental potential across the
full life cycle

15-16 February 2018

Harmonization and future research meeting

15-18 October 2017 | EVENT

Conference on Epidemiological Birth Cohort Studies, 3rd Paula Rantakallio symposium

11-12 June | EVENT

General assembly

LifeCycle’s principle investigators meet in Copenhagen to discuss data harmonization within the birth and childhood cohorts and plan future research.

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The 3rd edition of the Paula Rantakallio Symposium  on Birth Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies will take place in Oulu, Finland from the 13th to the 15th of June 2018.

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On 11 & 12 June 2018, the third LifeCycle General assembly will be organized in Oulu, Finland. The meeting will be open to representatives from all birth and child cohorts.

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Our vision

Early-life is an important window of opportunity to improve health across the full lifecycle. Exposure to stressors just before or during pregnancy or during early childhood leads to developmental adaptations, which subsequently affect life course and disease risk.

Optimizing early-life conditions has the yet unfulfilled potential to improve life course health trajectories for individuals themselves and also their children. Therefore, the main objective of the LifeCycle Project is to develop new strategies for optimizing early life that will help to maximize the human developmental potential for current and future European generations.

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A strong and unique network

The key to finding links between early-life conditions and the later development of a person lies in extensive cohort studies and the collation of massive amounts of data. The LifeCycle Project aims at using these two elements to discover early-life risk factors that might have never before been given any attention.

In order to reach this goal, we will set up a European pregnancy and childhood cohort network, the EU Child Cohort Network, which brings together extensive existing data from more than 250,000 European children and their parents.

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