Establishment of the Queensland Family Cohort

The Queensland Birth Cohort Study will collect contemporary data on Queensland parents and their babies during gestation, at birth and for the first three years of a child’s life.

This data will underpin future research which aims to understand the factors that contribute to health and disease in children and impacts in later life. In particular, it will define biological mechanisms associated with paediatric and adult disease; and develop biomarkers for identifying health risks.

Couples will be recruited at their first antenatal visit to clinics across Queensland to assess paternal health, monitor maternal health during gestation, examine perinatal outcomes and then follow the newborns and their parents through their life span.

A small pilot study will be conducted first to give an opportunity to test and adjust the study methodology and ensure the feasibility of a larger study.

Stream Leader

Associate Professor Vicki Clifton

Program Leader: Mothers,
Babies and Women’s Health

Stream Team

Associate Professor Helen Liley

Senior (Eminent) Staff Specialist in Neonatology

Professor Sailesh Kumar

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology - University of Queensland Senior Staff Specialist in Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynaecology – Mater Mothers’ Hospital
Co-head of the Mothers
Babies and Women’s Health research theme at the Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland.