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

04 October 2021 | NEWS

Launch of new Open Access Module – sign up now

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Open Access Module “Epidemiology: the importance of study types and confounding”. Learn fundamental knowledge of different types of applied epidemiology as well as the concepts of confounding and time-varying confounding. Sign up here.

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08 July 2021 | EVENTS

10th General Assembly Meeting: 25-27 October 2021

Dear LifeCycle colleagues,

The date for the 10th General Assembly meeting has been set. Please save the date: 25th-27th October 2021.

The meeting will be remote again. You can now register your attendance here

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18-20 May 2021 | EVENTS

9th General Assembly Meeting: 18-20 May 2021

The 9th General Assembly meeting took place from 18-20 May 2021.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the meeting was held remotely. The presentations are available on the intranet.

It was great to see you all online!

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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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