Optimizing early-life conditions
to maximize the human potential
across the life cycle

21-23 April 2020 | EVENT

7th General Assembly Meeting – Remote

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to replace the 7th General Assembly (GA) Meeting, originally planned in Turin, 21-23 April 2020, with a remote, virtual meeting on the same dates. Thanks, everybody, for the productive online meeting!

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27-29 October 2020 | EVENT

8th General Assembly Meeting, Munich, Germany

This meeting is open to all LifeCycle partners on day 1, and on day 2 of the meeting and day 3 (workshop) also to all external cohorts. More information will follow as the meeting approaches.

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4 March 2020 | NEWS

LifeCycle YouTube Channel established

Our YouTube Channel is online now! Please go to the LifeCycle YouTube Channel for instructional videos on importing and uploading data, creating branches, and submitting pull requests on Github. Another video has been uploaded on how to upgrade DataSHIELD serverside packages.


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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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