As well as ORIGINS long-term core research, there are a number of clinical trials, early interventions and shorter-term research studies that sit within ORIGINS. Known as sub-projects, these studies look at multiple aspects of child and family health and development.
The ultimate goal of The ORIGINS Project is to reduce the rising epidemic of non-communicable diseases through 'a healthy start to life'.
ORIGINS is providing:
A stronger focus on a 'healthy start' for short and long term disease prevention.
Deeper understanding of the common early biological pathways that lead to disease.
The project is five years into establishing a major new birth cohort with detailed data and sample collection, including detailed environmental and biological profiling using cutting edge technologies such as metagenomics, immune profiling, metabolomics, and genomics.
Through strong partnerships with the Raine Study and other existing cohorts, we are extending the knowledge frontier to explore the new and different challenges facing the generation of children today.
We have initiated a series of intervention studies aimed at improving a broad range of health outcomes by favourably modifying the early environment, such as our clinical trial aimed at improving maternal gut health in pregnancy and lactation to improve early metabolic and immune health of the developing baby.
Interventions that focus on all modifiable elements of the early life environment are part of our logical, large-scale and effective long-term strategy, to improve all aspects of physical and psychological wellbeing - both in childhood and in later life.
time spent outdoors
smoking and pollutants
water, air and food quality
Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) concept describes how maternal and environmental factors during a child's life, right from conception, can affect that child's growth and development.