About Us

What is the Raine Study?

The Raine Study started in 1989, when 2900 pregnant women were recruited into a research study at King Edward Memorial Hospital to examine ultrasound imaging. The mothers were assessed at 18 weeks of pregnancy, then some of them again at 24, 28, 34 and 38 weeks of pregnancy. During this time information was collected on the mother and the father, for example diet, exercise, work, health, etc. After the children were born, they were assessed at birth, at one year, then two, three and five years of age. Information on their height, weight, eating, walking, talking, eating, behaviour, any medical conditions or illness etc was collected.

Further follow ups of the cohort have been conducted at eight, ten, fourteen, seventeen, twenty and twenty two years of age. The Study Cohort are now ‘adults’ are being assessed without parents. We are very grateful to the parents of the Raine Cohort for their support and contribution to the Study over the years, and we welcome your continued involvement.

There are currently more than 150 researchers worldwide utilising the Raine Study. The investigators bring expertise from 25 broach areas of research including asthma and atopy, cardiovascular and metabolic health, childhood development growth, dental health, diabetes, genetic epidemiology, gastro-enterology, infection and immunity, mental health, musculoskeletal development, nutrition physical activity, ophthalmology, pregnancy and birth, reproductive health, sleep and risk taking behaviour.