Children of the 90s says thanks to Bristol – by donating blood2 October 2017Staff and researchers from Children of the 90s donated blood to NHS Blood and Transplant last week as a thank you to the community and the thousands of Bristolians who have taken part in their world-leading research since 1991. The donation drive is part of a wider PR campaign to promote the final months of Children of the 90s biggest data-collection drive for seven years, Focus@24+.
€1.5m award to see how mother’s mental health affects her child’s6 September 2017University of Bristol researchers have been awarded €1.5m by the European Research Council to investigate how a mother’s mental health and personality can affect her child. Despite decades of research, the causes of mental health conditions are still poorly understood due to their complexity.
The children of the Children of the 90s turn 10!2 August 2017For over 25 years, Children of the 90s at the University of Bristol has been charting the lives of 14,500 people born in the early 1990s in the greater Bristol area. Thanks to the amazing commitment of these research volunteers, scientists have made important discoveries that are helping treat and prevent ill health around the world.
Externally funded studies in ALSPAC29 June 2017ALSPAC is run as a resource for the research community. This unique resource is open for researchers to conduct a wide range of bespoke data collection activities – anything from whole cohort questionnaire collections, recall-by-genotype substudies, small scale qualitative interview studies and clinic-based biomedical measurements.
Queen’s birthday honour for Professor Debbie Lawlor16 June 2017Debbie Lawlor, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, has been awarded a CBE for her services to social and community medicine research in the Queen's Birthday Honours, which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.
Mother’s personality can affect child’s mental health6 June 2017Scientists have looked at over 8,000 parents and children in Children of the 90s and found that the children of women with personality traits associated with emotional and relationship difficulties were at greater risk of depression, anxiety and self-harm in their late teens than their peers.
Teenagers with DCD at higher risk of mental-health problems16 May 2017Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at 3,950 participants in Children of the 90s and found that those who were diagnosed with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) in childhood were twice as likely as their peers to have mental-health problems in their late teens, with young women more seriously affected than young men.
Diagnosed autism linked to maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy27 April 2017Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67% more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours.
News from Children of the 90s16 March 2017Dr Nic Timpson (pictured) has recently been appointed to the post of principal investigator (lead researcher) at Children of the 90s. He brings a distinguished academic pedigree and has made a long-term commitment to leading Children of the 90s to ongoing success.
Eating disorders affect more middle-aged women than expected17 January 2017In a study of 5,320 middle-aged women in Children of the 90s, 3% were found to have had an eating disorder in the previous 12 months and more than one in seven (15.3%) reported having had an eating disorder at some point in their life. Less than a third of the affected women said they had sought help or received treatment.