MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
“Cohort studies have the potential to address key questions about the interplay between biology and the environment during early life. They enable us to understand what influences the health and well-being of children and the adults they will eventually become."
Professor Carol Dezateux, Director of the MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
- Childhood origins of adult disease
- Growth and development
- Health inequalities
- Life course research
- The Centre for Longitudinal StudiesCLS is resource centre funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based at the Institute of Education, University of London. It is responsible for the 1958, 1970 and the Millennium Cohort Studies.
Millennium Cohort Study
The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) was set up to understand the social and economic circumstances of British children born at the beginning of the 21st century, and follows the lives of around 19,000 children born in the UK in 2000/1. It includes children from disadvantaged social circumstances, ethnic minorities and those living in all four UK countries.
This centre has contributed to the biomedical and child health research and data collection strategy in the Millennium Cohort.
These biomedical enhancements include measures of height, weight, waist circumference and body fat; collection of biological samples (oral fluid, shed milk teeth) to measure exposure to infections and environmental pollutants; objective measures of physical activity using accelerometers; and linkage to electronic health records.
The data collected through the MCS at the ages of 9 months, and 3, 5 and 7 years is being used across a wide number of research programmes in the centre.
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