The Raine Study is a rich resource for researchers. Prospective longitudinal data has been collected at multiple time-points over pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. There is broad multidisciplinary data on physical, mental and social aspects of development. The cohort has been genotyped. Data linkage with other publicly held datasets, e.g. school results and hospital records is available. There are stored biological samples. There are established collaborative research networks across a wide variety of disciplines. The cohort participants are now around 23 years of age and maintain a keen sense of commitment to the Raine Study.
There are currently more than 150 researchers utilising the Raine Study. The investigators bring expertise from 25 broad areas of research including; asthma and atopy, cardiovascular and metabolic heath, childhood developmental 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. The current phenotype dataset contains more than 85,000 measures and 31 million genetic variants on each cohort participant
National and international research collaborations with the Raine Study are extensive and continuing to develop which value adds to the cohort and expands research and funding opportunities. The Raine Study is a member of 14 consortia established to amalgamate genome wide association data.
The future success of the Raine Study is vital as it is now clear that both genes and the environment of mother, baby, child and adolescent are key contributors to diseases and conditions that account for approximately one third of the global burden of disease, in both developed and developing countries. This prospectively collected extensive data resource can assist in unraveling the complex interaction of multiple factors in the pathways to health and disease over the life course.