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The Early Life Factors Study of Childhood Diseases

Research Study

posted by WM Admin on 25 March 2015


This longitudinal study is exploring the relationship of early life exposures and the development of diseases later in life, such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, allergies, sleep disorders, and congenital malformations.

The authors are aiming to identify which factors can protect or increase the risk of people from developing these diseases.

Any pregnant women aged 16 years and over and residing in New Zealand can be part of The ELF Study.

Information collection starts when the mother is pregnant (from the second trimester), and information will be sought from the mother and her child periodically thereafter.  These infants will be followed from birth to adulthood.  

Start Date

Sep 1, 2008


In Progress





Jeroen Douwes
Ridvan Tupai-Firestone
Mona Jeffreys
Lis Ellison-Loschmann
Neil Pearce
Barry Borman

Research Abstracts

Ethnic differences in risk factors for obesity in New Zealand infants