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

7 May 2019 | NEWS

New LifeCycle publication

What is the association of gestational weight gain (across a range of prepregnancy weights) with maternal and infant outcomes?

The LifeCycle Project-Maternal Obesity and Childhood Outcomes Study Group published a new article in JAMA on this topic.

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9-13 September 2019 | EVENT

DataSHIELD Workshop


Register and submit your abstracts now! The DataSHIELD team are organising a joint EUCAN-Connect AGM and DataSHIELD workshop event over the course of 5 days. The event will consist of a two day EUCAN-Connect Annual General Meeting (9th-10th September) and a 3 day DataSHIELD Workshop (11th-13th September). Abstract submission closes on 31 July, workshop registration on 8 August 2019.

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27-29 November 2019 | EVENT

6th GA Meeting in Bristol

Save the date! The 6th GA Meeting takes place in Bristol, UK, from 27-29 November 2019, and is open to all cohorts on the 28th and 29th. The southwestern British city has long been an industrial hub and sea port, and also offers famous art and history museums.

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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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