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MCH Life Course Research Network

The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network is funded by a 3-year grant (2010-2013) from the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. 

The network provides researchers, practitioners, policymakers and consumers with a mechanism for interacting, sharing information and tools, and engaging in collaborative and innovative projects, including the development of a life course research agenda.

Priority projects include:

  • Build a national MCH Life Course research infrastructure
  • Develop consensus-driven national research agenda
  • Focus on translation and implementation of interdisciplinary research to practice
  • Support webinar series to examine the state of life course health development research. See the first webinar, Developmental Health and the Life Course  
  • Foster social media networking through Socialcast, a forum for staff development that offers on-line discussion of life course theory.

Learn more about the Life Course Research Network

Top 5 Scientific Articles on Life Course

Hertzman C, Boyce T.  How experience gets under the skin to create gradients in developmental health  Annu Rev Public Health, 2010;31:329-347.

Power C, Hertzman C.  Social and biological pathways linking early life and adult disease.  British Medical Bulletin 1997;53(1):210-221.

Gluckman PD, Hanson MA, Cooper C, Thornburg KL.  Effect of in uero and early-life conditions on adult health and disease.  N Engl J Med 2008;359:61-73.

Kuh D, Ben-Shlomo Y, Lynch J, Hallqvist J, Power C.  Life course epidemiology.  J Epidemiol Community Health 2003;57:778-783.

Ben-Shlomo Y, Kuh D.  A life course approach to chronic disease epidemiology: conceptual models, empirical challenges and interdisciplinary perspectives.  International Journal of Epidemiology 2002;31:285-293.

Join the Network

E-mail  your full name and affiliation. 

Membership in the network is free and provides access to Socialcast, the opportunity to help shape the design and function of the network, periodic updates, and the ability to apply for a small number of seed grants.