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

27-29 October 2020 | EVENTS

The 8th General Assembly meeting took place October 27th – 29th.

The meeting brought together over a 100 participants from birth cohorts across Europe and Australia.

We have been updated with all the work in progress in the first two days. On the third day there were great workshops on federated analyses using DataSHIELD by Sido Haakma and mediation analyses from Lorenzo Richiardi. Both workshops were recorded and can be viewed on the LifeCycle Youtube Channel. All slides and minutes are available via the LifeCycle Intranet.

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2 July 2020 | NEWS

New LifeCycle publication accepted at Eur J Epidemiol!

Our LifeCycle -EU Child Cohort paper has been accepted by the European Journal of Epidemiology. Congrats to all authors! You can access the publication here.

LifeCycle Publications
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.


YouTube Channel

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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