Table 1

Participating birth cohort studies

Study

Country

Number, Start Date and Anticipated Length

Research Foci


Born in Bradford (BIB)

England

10,000 children

Recruitment began in 2007

20 years

infant mortality, congenital anomalies and childhood disability, low birth weight, postnatal growth, childhood obesity and insulin resistance, environmental health risks (diet, water and air), renal disease, poverty, ethnicity and health, mental health


Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development Study (CHILD)

Canada

5,000 families

Recruitment began in 2008

At least six years, likely longer

investigate the roles of indoor and outdoor environmental exposures, infections, nutrition, genetics and psychosocial factors in the development of allergic diseases, including food allergies, eczema, allergic rhinitis and asthma


Copenhagen Prospective Study on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC)

Denmark

411 children

Recruitment began in 1998

Clinical outcomes comprise pre-asthma, asthma, non topic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, allergy, lung function and bronchial responsiveness


Generation R

Netherlands

9778 mothers and their children

Recruitment began in 2001

Until adulthood

Growth, development and health from early fetal life onwards to adulthood; physical and mental outcomes, environmental and genetic outcomes


Etude Longitudinale Fran├žaise depuis l'Enfance (ELFE)

France

20,000

Recruitment to begin in 2010 (pilot study completed)

At least 20 years

Childhood development and impact of various factors (e.g. family structure, social and physical environment, education, nutrition) on physical, psychological and social outcomes to adulthood


National Children's Study

United States

100,000 children

Recruitment began in 2009

Will follow from birth to age 21

Influence of environmental and genetic interactions on child health and development


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