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LifeCourse: Maximising research to provide a healthy start to life

LifeCourse is an impressive array of longitudinal cohort studies and equips researchers with the tools, collaborations and access to produce more meaningful and robust research.

This important initiative builds on Murdoch Children’s Research Institute's strength in population health to propel new research giving children a healthy start. 

Visit the LifeCourse website

LifeCourse is an impressive array of longitudinal cohort studies and equips researchers with the tools, collaborations and access to produce more meaningful and robust research.

This important initiative builds on Murdoch Children’s Research...

LifeCourse is an impressive array of longitudinal cohort studies and equips researchers with the tools, collaborations and access to produce more meaningful and robust research.

This important initiative builds on Murdoch Children’s Research Institute's strength in population health to propel new research giving children a healthy start. 

Visit the LifeCourse website

Creating a healthy start to life is vital to reduce disease risk later in life, and close the gaps created by social and economic inequities.

LifeCourse includes over 20 core longitudinal cohorts spanning conception to adulthood (including two trans-generational studies) and involving over 40,000 participants, with many enriched through a collection of biosamples, imaging, and linkage to administrative data.

These studies have already shaped policy and clinical care nationally and internationally. By bringing these data resources together we continue to build our understanding of the burden, causes and consequences of health and disease from early life.

LifeCourse is jointly supported by The Melbourne Children’s Campus partners: Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), The Royal Children’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne (Department of Paediatrics) established with funding from the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Launched in 2013, the Melbourne Children’s LifeCourse Research Initiative brings together an impressive array of longitudinal cohort studies from members of the Melbourne Children’s Campus (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, and the University of Melbourne). This vital platform equips researchers with the tools, access and collaboration opportunities to produce more meaningful and robust research.

LifeCourse includes more than 30 distinct clinical and population-based studies that capture the health and development of over 60,000 participants, dating back to 1983. These cohorts hold over 500 million data points spanning from pre-conception to adulthood. In addition, the collection includes over 65,000 biosamples.

In population health, we collect data and samples from people over years, decades and even generations to study the origins of common diseases. Murdoch Children’s is home to almost two-thirds of research in our region. We are leading the hunt to address our looming population-wide epidemics of obesity, mental illness, allergy and more.

The studies that LifeCourse has completed already shaped policy and clinical care nationally and internationally. By bringing these resources together, our researchers continue to build our understanding of the burden, causes and consequences of childhood diseases in Victoria and globally.

Our focus research area

  • Mental Health
  • Cardiometabolic Health
  • Immune Function
  • COVID-19 research

Visit our website for more information on LifeCourse research.