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VIBeS 20-year follow-up

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The VIBeS study is now about to embark on a new follow-up wave in 2021 and are inviting 20-year-old individuals in the VIBeS cohort to participate in a follow-up assessment. We are calling this follow-up VIBeS20.

Find out more about the VIBeS research programme here

Understanding development from birth to 20 years of age: VIBeS20 follow-up

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The VIBeS study is now about to embark on a new wave of follow-up in 2021 and are inviting 20-year-old individuals in the VIBeS cohort to participate in a follow-up assessment. We are calling this follow-up VIBeS20.

We know that thinking, language, behaviour and physical skills during childhood sometimes need to be targeted and supported for children born early. However, not much is known about what happens beyond childhood and into adulthood. Given the number of important biological and social changes that occurs in early adulthood, it is critical that we examine development during this time. This important information will enable researchers and clinicians to ensure appropriate and targeted support is provided to individuals born early beyond the childhood years.

The purpose of VIBeS20 is to gather detailed information on a group of individuals born very preterm and full-term to understand brain development, thinking skills, and physical and mental health. We will be looking at memory, attention, communication, as well as physical outcomes such as cardiovascular health and motor skills. We are particularly interested in brain growth and this will involve a MRI scan.

What is involved in participating?

Have a look at the video below for a summary of what’s involved in taking part in VIBeS20. For more detailed study information, download the Participant Information Booklet (PDF, 4.21MB).

Where can I get more information?

If you would like to contact the VIBeS study team, please contact our study coordinator on 0434 062 900 or email vibes@mcri.edu.au.

How can I get involved?

If you are part of the VIBeS cohort and interested in being involved, please register your interest by clicking the link below to complete a short registration form and we will be in touch with you soon.

Click here to register