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


Open Access E-Module on Epidemiology – sign up now

In our open access E-Learning module “Epidemiology: the importance of study types and confounding” you can learn fundamental knowledge of different types of applied epidemiology as well as the concepts of confounding and time-varying confounding. Sign up here.

E-Learning Modules

Check out the LifeCycle publication on the EU Child Cohort Network


Our LifeCycle – EU Child Cohort paper, one of the project’s key publications, has been published in the European Journal of Epidemiology. You can access the publication here. Overall, the LifeCycle consortium has been quite prolific, producing more than 200 scientific publications.

LifeCycle Publications

LifeCycle YouTube Channel – Lean back and view a webinar or tutorial

Watch your way through 15 webinars and tutorials about “Transporting estimates across populations: Why, when, and how?”, “Mediation analysis”, how to use OPAL and DataShield, how to amend dictionaries on GitHub, and how to manage and analyse your data efficiently. Access the LifeCycle YouTube channel here.

LifeCycle 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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