The LifeCycle Project will create synergies with relevant existing European EU-funded and other initiatives focused on life course health and disease studies. These synergies will bring together principal investigators and their expertise of several leading European or other international collaborations, will enrich LifeCycle and optimize exploitation of previously funded initiatives. Where appropriate, researchers involved in these initiatives will be invited to yearly open LifeCycle meetings. These initiatives are focused on:
- Cohort collaboration and data sharing platforms: BioSHaRe, CHICOS, DataSHIELD, ENRIECO and HELIX (all EU-FP6 or FP7 projects).
- Developmental origins of health and disease: Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Society, Dynahealth (HORIZON2020), Early Nutrition and NutriMenthe (both EU-FP7 projects).
- Genetic and epigenetic collaborative studies: Early Growth & Longitudinal Epidemiology (EAGLE), Early Growth Genetics (EGG), Pregnancy and Childhood Epigenetics (PACE) (all unfunded).
- E-Learning: Early Nutrition Academy (EU-FP7 project).
Synergies with new European and other initiatives linked to the main objectives of LifeCycle will be created where possible. These may include the NIH-ECHO Cohort initiative. LifeCycle will use expertise from previous and currently active networks, and will take these initiatives forward by establishing a new Europe-wide Child Cohort and by performing innovative research on the impact of early-life stressors in the major NCDs.