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Developing a Child Cohort Research Strategy for Europe

Objective

Mother-child cohorts are currently collecting a wealth of information on childhood diseases and their determinants across Europe, but these data are often of fragmented nature and there is little coordination to structure and consolidate scattered research. Although cohort research carries large potential policy implications, messages are not always filtering through to policy at the national, let alone the European, level. CHICOS aims to improve child health across Europe by developing an integrated strategy for mother-child cohort research. This will be achieved through the coordination of the most important European cohorts. The project will 1) make an overview of all mother-child cohorts in Europe; 2) evaluate existing information on outcomes and determinants from these cohorts, evaluate links between cohorts and routine registers, identify gaps in knowledge, and develop recommendations for research action at European level for the next 15 years focusing on key areas of policy concern; 3) review the extent to which mother-child cohorts and registries have contributed to current European child health policies and make recommendations to improve the contribution of mother-child cohort research to policy at the European level; and 4) disseminate results of the project to stakeholders and evaluate new technologies for cohort research dissemination. CHICOS is structured along key child health outcome themes (perinatal outcomes, asthma, obesity, cognitive and behavioural development, injuries, infections, childhood cancer) and key determinant themes (social inequalities, nutrition and exercise, lifestyle exposures, environmental toxin exposures, genetic factors and biobanks, multiple risk factors) where European cohorts can and should work together towards a more solid evidence base, which can be used by policy makers. CHICOS will work closely with policy makers to ensure that guidelines across Europe in these areas are based on the best available evidence.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social issues/social inequality
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/obstetrics and gynaecology/obstetrics/childbirth
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions
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Coordinator

FUNDACIO CENTRE DE RECERCA EN EPIDEMIOLOGIA AMBIENTAL - CREAL
Address
Calle Doctor Aiguader 88
08003 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 390 610,31
Administrative Contact
Martine Vrijheid (Dr.)

Participants (8)

SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 8 674,62
Address
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne-Grete Gad (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 48 096
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleni Karkanaki (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 124 738,69
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emanuela Ciliberto (Dr.)
ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 330 095
Address
Dr Molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Koos Lubbe (Mr.)
FOLKEHELSEINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 177 352
Address
Lovisenberggata 8
0456 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Hagen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 206 888
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vince Boyle (Mr.)
ETHNIKI SCHOLI DIMOSIAS YGEIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 35 671
Address
Leoforos Alexandras 196
11521 Athens
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anastasia Roumelioti (Prof.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 167 998,38
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)