The ORIGINS Project is focused on translational research and improving the health of the next generation through early intervention.
It is becoming increasingly evident that an individual's lifetime health and disease may be programmed at a very early stage, and what happens in pregnancy, or even prior to pregnancy, can increase a child’s risk of chronic health issues known as non-communicable diseases.
Through the study of early environments, maternal and paternal physical health and genetics, the ORIGINS Project aims to uncover when and why non-communicable diseases develop. The goal of the project is to reduce the rising epidemic of non-communicable diseases through 'a healthy start to life'.
This major new longitudinal birth cohort study being conducted by Telethon Kids at the Joondalup Health Campus is designed to collect detailed information about how early environment influences the risk of a broad range of diseases, including asthma, allergies, diabetes, obesity and its many complications. Early screening and identification of children at risk (for example, early autistic features, developmental delay, allergic diseases and/or unhealthy growth trajectory) will provide timely community benefits through early intervention.