The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study is one of the largest prospective cohorts of pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and now early adulthood to be carried out anywhere in the world.
Its purpose is to improve human health and well-being, through the study of a cohort of Western Australians from birth, onwards.
The Raine Study has now become a multi-generational study with participant of Raine Study index participants (Generation 2), their parents (Generation 1), their Grandparents (Generation 0) and their children (Generation 3).
The study has been running since 1989, providing a valuable resource of data, covering a wide range of health areas across five main research areas:
- Education and Work
Highlights and summaries of the extensive body of research to date can be found below under each heading.
This body of research has looked at genetic and epigenetics and has included studies on genetics and height, obesity, reading and language, blood pressure, depression and more.
This body of research looks at a range of areas including mental health, respiratory, hormonal, reproduction, eyes and more.
Respiratory, Immunology & Inflammation
Hormornal & Reproduction
This body of research to date has examined the impact of sleep and physical activity, diet and risky behaviours.
Physical Activity & Sleep
Research highlights to date have included the examination of obstetric factors including maternal nutrition, exercise, drugs, maternal stress and more.
Perinatal & Life course Environmental Exposures
Education and Work
Highlights in this body of research include primary & secondary school achievement, post-secondary education, occupational, work perceptions and work productivity.