Researchers are set to track a whole generation of Victorians in order to learn more about complex health issues like asthma, food allergies, obesity, autism and mental illness.
Over the next two years about 150,000 children born in the state as well as their parents will have the chance to the participate in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s Generation Victoria, which launched on Sunday.
The project, starting at the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Sunshine, will roll out to all Victorian birthing hospitals from 2021 to 2023.
The opt-in project will explore critical links between environment, genetics, physical characteristics and development milestones later in life.
All information obtained in the study will be de-identified and the highest privacy provisions enforced.
The GenV project, an Australian-first, is a joint initiative between the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne.
Innovation and medical research minister Jaala Pulford said the project would benefit Victorians for “generations to come”.
“It will allow our world-leading researchers to break new ground and make discoveries that will improve the quality of life for Victorians in every corner of the state,” Ms Pulford said in a statement on Sunday.
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute GenV director Professor Melissa Wake said the project would be open to every community in the state.
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