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Major medical study "Children of the 90's" given extra funding to continue

Credit: Children of the 90's

A major medical study based in Bristol that's been running for almost 30 years, have been given more than 8-million pounds to continue.

In 1991 Children of the 90's asked around 14-thousand pregnant woman from the area if they could follow their children.

£8.2 million has now been provided through an established collaboration between the University of Bristol, the Medical Research Council and The Wellcome Trust, which will help the study continue for the next five years.

The study has been charting the health of both the mum's and their children for the past 28 years.

It is now recognised as the premier multi-generational birth study internationally.

The study’s future plans include using face-to-face data and sample collection along with a growing collection of remote data collection technologies. 

Those behind the project say it will ensure that as many participants as possible can take part and help the study thrive.

Children of the 90s Principal Investigator Professor Nic Timpson said:“I am delighted that Bristol’s Children of the 90s study will continue to operate as a world leading platform for health research thanks to this funding.

“Children of the 90s is now the largest and most detailed resource of its kind in the world for the study of the environmental, biological and genetic factors that affect our health, well-being and development.

“The next five years are incredibly important for the Children of the 90s study. 

"We are very excited to collect new data and samples from our amazing participants who form the heart of the study.

"It is a key time in the lives of those involved and 30 years of Children of the 90s will mark a whole series of life events that are often understudied.

"We can’t wait to get on with the important work of maintaining, optimising and extending the study."


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