The ORIGINS Project provides additional opportunities to be involved in exciting new sub-projects that may benefit you and your child.
BENEFIT and PrEggNut – By age one, 10% of babies will develop a food allergy. We are trying to answer the question of whether the amount of eggs and peanuts a mother eats during pregnancy and breastfeeding has an influence on reducing the chances her baby will develop an egg or peanut food allergy. Participants will receive complimentary peanuts and peanut butter, breastfeeding advice if needed, and dietary education on the introduction of solid foods to their baby.
CARE-Dads – Dads play an important role within the family as their involvement in child-rearing enhances the health of their children. Studies have shown that a father’s involvement in his child's life can be associated with positive child outcomes. Dads (partners) receive a free health check-up, including results of cholesterol and blood sugar tests, and advice on improving health. This is over two time points: during pregnancy and when the child is one year old.
Cashew - Recent Australian research has found that approximately one in twenty school students have a food allergy, and peanut and cashew nut allergies are most common. We are looking to find out whether eating cashew nut spreads in the first year of life can reduce the chances a baby will develop a cashew nut food allergy.
Engage – Discovering and delighting in your baby is at the centre of this study. This research will test a new program that has been developed with the aim of helping families understand more about their baby’s early communication abilities. We are hoping to learn how to best support parents before and after the birth of their child in order to boost the quality of parent-baby interactions.
AERIAL– We are studying the importance of the cells lining the airways in the nose and lungs, known as the epithelial cells. This study will look at the epithelial cells in the nose at birth to determine any gene signature patterns which may predict the development of wheeze, allergy and asthma later in childhood.
Screen ORIGINS – This study aims to understand family screen technology use, with a focus on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. This research will assess what influences family screen use and measure the potential implications of screen time on a child’s health and development. This information will provide more reliable guidance to parents on how best to help their child gain the benefits of screen technology use, without the potential negative effects.
SYMBA– We are investigating whether taking a high fibre prebiotic supplement during pregnancy (and whilst breastfeeding) will help to reduce the risk of children developing allergic disease, like eczema. Prebiotics improve the balance of ‘healthy bacteria’ in the gut and we know that a mother’s diet and gut health in pregnancy can have an important effect on the development of a baby’s immune system.
TALK – We are calling on families to help us better understand how testosterone exposure in the womb may be related to brain growth before birth, and language development after birth. Participants receive two 3D scans during pregnancy with images provided on a USB to keep, as well as a development check of their child at 6-9mths with real-time feedback.