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

1 January 2017

LifeCycle Project start

15-18 October 2017 | EVENT

10th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

19 - 20 October | EVENT

General assembly

We are proud to announce the start of LifeCycle, a multinational research project that seeks to improve health throughout the life course by optimizing early-life conditions.

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The 10th anniversary World Congress in Rotterdam will be focused on “Life course Health & Disease: Observations, experiments and interventions”.

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On 19 & 20 October, the second LifeCycle General assembly will be organized in Rotterdam. The meeting on October 19 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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