at each life-stage
Birth Cohort Network
Recently, there has been a global trend in the establishment of birth cohort research networks and various forms of collaboration in the research area. The primary focus has been on the epidemiology of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) concept and the life course approach based on it. For example, the birth cohort network Birthcohorts.net has about 130 birth cohorts registered in the database, mainly in Europe, and can be used to analyze data on subgroups of various birth cohorts. The EU Child Cohort Network, established in 2017, serves as a data-sharing platform with data from over 250,000 children and parents, for the treatment and prevention of various health problems experienced throughout the lifecycle. There have been few collaborations among birth cohort studies in Japan. However, in 2019, a birth cohort collaborative research group consisting of six domestic birth cohorts was established with the support of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development.
The Birth Cohort Network plans to conduct future workshops and seminars in collaboration with research groups and related academic societies. In addition, we will also provide the latest information on each cohort, facilitate the exchange of ideas among researchers, promote research exchanges, and focus on the human resource development of young researchers through education and training. We welcome the participation of the many researchers interested in DOHaD and life course epidemiology.
Researchers’ Network is now accepting a new member.