|Cohorts of children for the study of childhood diseases in relation to environmental and genetic factors|
During the last decades, many studies have shown a strong impact of the exposure to environmental factors (physical, chemical, biological, psycho-social, nutritional)
during the period of intrauterine growth and the early years of life, on the development of some childhood illnesses and even of adulthood diseases (obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension). Studies based on birth cohorts have the best design to study these issues.
The Department of Epidemiology is contributing to this kind of studies with 2 projects:
European networks have been set up (www.birthcohorts.net) with the purpose of reviewing and / or joining the existing cohorts to describe their objectives and their methods of study and, where possible, do incorporated statistical analysis
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