Left to right: Grace Walker, Geri McLeod, Martin Kennedy, Bridget Kinnersley, John Horwood, Janet Spittlehouse, Joe Boden, Bhuban Dhakal, James Foulds.
Not pictured: Emeritus Professor David M. Fergusson.
The Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) has been in existence for over 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 in mid-1977.
The cohort has been studied from infancy into childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Data gathered over the course of the study now comprises some 50 million characters of information, with which the study has published over 500 scientific papers, reports, books and book chapters describing the life history of the CHDS cohort.
In 2019, we completed our participant interviews for their 40-year assessment.
- Joe's on TV again, this time talking to Newshub about recent findings about meth: Study shows link between methamphetamine and domestic violence
- Woop woop! Joe's now officially a Professor: 30 new Professors for the University of Otago
- Our PhD student, Nathan, publishes his first paper! Commentary on Pacek et al. (2019): Cannabis and major depression: a network theory proposal [Commentary]
- Joe reviews a Royal Society Te Apārangi report about the heath risks and benefits of using cannabis: Health impacts of cannabis; benefits, harms and many unknowns
- We won an award! ✲★✲ The New Zealand Medical Association’s 2019 Robinson Award, to be precise – for excellence in medical writing and a highly clinically relevant manuscript. Ooh! Our winning paper was 'Childhood predictors of adult adiposity: Findings from a longitudinal study'. Check out the press release: Christchurch longitudinal study wins prestigious award
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