Through the study of early environments, maternal and paternal physical health and genetics, The ORIGINS Project aims to build a research platform to enable world class investigations into when and why NCDs develop
Through the study of early environments, maternal and paternal physical health and genetics, The ORIGINS Project aims to build a research platform to enable world class investigations into when and why non-communicable diseases (NCDs) develop. The goal is to reduce the rising epidemic of NCDs through 'a healthy start to life'.
The novel aspect of this initiative is that it is fully integrated into the clinical and diagnostic services, led by a strong cohesive vision of Joondalup Health Campus Executive and Department Heads, across both public and private sectors. Clinicians (including midwives and laboratory staff) conduct research appointments in addition to clinical duties, promoting a research culture.
ORIGINS is a 'responsive' system with 'real-time' feedback. Early screening and identification of children at risk (for example, early autistic features, developmental delay, allergic diseases and/or unhealthy growth trajectory) is providing timely community benefits through early intervention. To our knowledge, this is completely unique and is the first cohort to take this approach.
ORIGINS is focused on translational research and improving the health of the next generation through early intervention. In addition to observational data, ORIGINS provides a framework for intervention studies and nested clinical trials, known as sub-projects, within the main cohort (each to be funded separately). Strategic integration and coordination streamlines the recruitment processes and generates greater economies of scale. An important aspect to this approach is the ability to translate research findings into clinical practice, and to inform policy changes, where necessary.
The business plan for ORIGINS incorporates a strong emphasis on sustainability. ORIGINS is building a large repository of biological and lifestyle data not otherwise available to researchers in Australia. When research teams apply to access The ORIGINS Project resource, access fees (a condition of approval) will assist with the ongoing collection and storage costs of ORIGINS.
Please contact us for any general enquiries, or if you would like to take part in The ORIGINS Project.
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