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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.

Calling all participants!

As many of you know, we are currently working through our 40 year data collection. As part of this, we are also hoping to find people who did not participate in the 35 year (or earlier) interviews to see if they would like to come back into the Study.

It has been a common misconception that once you miss an assessment, you can no longer take part in the Study, but that is definitely *not* the case! So, if you know of anyone who is part of the Study and who hasn't been interviewed recently, but would perhaps like to come back, please point them in our direction (or point us in their direction). We would love to have anyone back who would like to be a part of the CHDS again!


Spring 2017

  • John speaks to The Star about the impacts of the earthquakes, the history of the study, and a few of the many things we’ve learned from our participants: read all about it on page 16 of The Star 7 September 2017

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!