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

27-29 May 2019 | EVENT

5th GA Meeting in Copenhagen


Save the date! The 5th GA Meeting will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 27-29 May 2019. The city offers a wonderful Rococo district, a nearby Renaissance castle, and a characteristic, colorful waterfront.

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We investigate novel markers of early-life stressors that influence overall health across the human life cycle, with the goal of preventing obesity and other disorders later in life.


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5 November 2018 | NEWS

New project


Gestational weight gain charts for women in different pre-pregnancy body mass index groups of women in Europe, North America and Oceania enable identification of women and offspring at risk for adverse health outcomes.

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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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