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Christchurch Health & Development Study

Christchurch Health and Development Study group photoPhoto (l-r): Research Fellow Dr Geri McLeod, Study Deputy Director Associate Professor Joe Boden, Study Director Associate Professor John Horwood, Administrator Bridget Kinnersley

The Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) has been in existence for 40 years. During this time we have followed the health, education and life progress of a group of 1,265 children born in the Christchurch (New Zealand) urban region during mid-1977.

This cohort has now been studied from infancy into childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The data gathered over the course of the study now comprises some 50 million characters of information, with which the study has published over 480 scientific papers, reports, books and book chapters describing the 40-year life history of the CHDS cohort.

We are funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and recently started interviewing the CHDS participants for their 40 year assessment.

News

Winter 2017

Autumn 2017

  • The team expands with the appointment of Assistant Research Fellow Grace Walker and Postdoctoral Fellow Janet Spittlehouse (page coming soon)
  • Dr Joe Boden wins a Gold Medal for Research Excellence. Nice one, Joe!