Flagship Liverpool birth study opens for recruitment

A MAJOR birth cohort study launches today in the Liverpool City Region – and researchers are looking for 10,000 families to take part.

Children Growing Up in Liverpool (C-GULL) is the first large-scale birth cohort study in the Liverpool City Region and will track first-born babies and their families from early in pregnancy through to childhood and beyond.

C-GULL is a partnership between the University of Liverpool, the Wellcome Trust, Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and Liverpool City Council. The study is delivered in collaboration with the NIHR Clinical Research Network North West Coast.

Data from the study will enable researchers, clinicians and policymakers to understand more about complex health issues and will see researchers collecting information on biological, physical, and mental health, as well as the home environment and more. This innovative study will use the latest data collection methods to give a comprehensive picture of the early life origins of health and wellbeing.

Data will be collected at several points during the study:

  • 12-16 weeks of pregnancy
  • 32-35 weeks of pregnancy
  • At birth
  • Three months
  • 12 months
  • 24 months.

Women are eligible to take part in the study if this is their first ongoing pregnancy, their pregnancy is in the first 12-16 weeks, they are aged 16 years and older and they have booked for their maternity care to be provided by Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

Parents who participate in C-GULL will receive additional health checks and support for themselves and their child during pregnancy and childhood.

More information on C-GULL can be found on the project’s website.

Participants and prospective participants can find more information here:  www.cgullstudy.com

Kathryn Thompson, CEO of Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of this important study that will benefit families in our community and beyond. C-GULL will provide valuable insights into the early life origins of health and wellbeing and help us create a better future for our children.”

Professor Louise Kenny, lead investigator, said: “C-GULL is an exciting opportunity to make a real impact on the health of future generations. By tracking families from pregnancy through childhood, we can gain a deeper understanding of the complex factors that shape health outcomes.”

Professor Tim Jones, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said: “C-GULL will be an important resource for health researchers locally, nationally and internationally for decades to come and the University of Liverpool is delighted and proud to partner in this pioneering study.”

Professor Enitan Carroll, Clinical Director, NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast, said: “Research from the Department of Public Health and Policy has highlighted an alarming rise in health inequalities and infant mortality across Liverpool City Region. We must act now to find a research solution to reverse this worrying trend. The NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast is proud to provide support for an ambitious and collaborative study that will follow 10,000 children born in Liverpool, and bring together researchers and healthcare staff to understand how we can provide a healthier start for our children born in the city. C-GULL will allow future generations to realise their potential, free from the burden that health inequality brings.”

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