The ORIGINS Project is collecting data from multiple sources from the mother, infant and partner at multiple timepoints from gestation through to five years of age.
The ORIGINS Project incorporates a strong emphasis on sustainability and the project is building a large repository of biological and lifestyle data not otherwise available to researchers in Australia.
The samples and derived data from future ‘omics analyses are likely to be one of the largest collections in Australia. Our data platform is receiving national and international interest.
Data drives discovery
Pregnant women (and the father of their baby and/or partner) are recruited with informed consent early in their pregnancy to collect detailed environmental and psychosocial data using questionnaire data, medical records, diagnostic tools and biological samples.
The data forms the ORIGINS research platform (biobank and databank) which is available to researchers, to assess how these early life exposures inﬂuence a child’s growth, development and health (including neurodevelopment, evidence of allergies, infections, and other medical and mental health conditions).
The aim is to recruit 4,000 ‘Active’ participants, undertaking deep sampling at speciﬁc time points, and 6,000 ‘Non-Active’ participants that includes all routinely collected hospital data, opportunistic samples and linkage to government and non-government databases.
The ORIGINS Biobank
The ORIGINS Biobank is collecting biological samples from participant families at 10 timepoints between the time of pregnancy and the child turning five years of age. An outline of participant collection timepoints and biological samples that are stored in the biobank, and available to researchers, is shown below.
ORIGINS is collecting physiological, biological and clinical data from the mother, partner/father and child at numerous points to track development and change. An outline of participant collection timepoints and information stored in the databank and are available to researchers is below.