Lifespan Research

A life stage-relevant, 'whole of life' approach to health and medical research.

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Lifespan Research Network

The Lifespan Research Network is a diverse community of researchers from The University of Sydney and affiliated Centres and Institutes devoted to the study of human health and development across the stages of life.


On September 14, our network was pleased to join with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Cancer Research Network to present the Health Data Linkage Showcase.

There were thought-provoking presentations across the board and some relevant and interesting from the audience.

Katie Irvine from the Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL) discused the latest developments in health data linkage and encouraged researchers to find out more about how data linkage could benefit their projects.
Visit the CheRel website for more information about how record linkage works, the datasets and how to access linkage services.


2017 Lifespan Collaboration Award winner Hoi Lun (Helen) Cheng with Prof Kate Steinberg

2017 Lifespan Collaboration Award winner Hoi Lun (Helen) Cheng with Prof Kate Steinbeck

A very successful Lifespan Research Day was held on 26 July. We were all impressed with the stimulating and inspiring presentations, and there was plenty of thought-provoking questions and collegial networking throughout the day.

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Congratulations! The 2017 Lifespan Collaboration Award was presented at Research Day to Dr Hoi Lun (Helen) Cheng. The People's Choice Award for 'Best Presentation of the Day' was awarded to Dr Cynthia Forlini.

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Lifespan Seed Grants Program

Five Lifespan Seed Grants have been awarded, supporting new and early-stage health and medical research projects that align with the Lifespan theme. The program is structured to specifically include ECRs as part of successfully funded teams.

Congratulations to the following researchers who have each been awarded $10,000 to fund their projects.

  • Nathalie Kizirian (Faculty of Science, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Charles Perkins Centre) together with Adrienne Gordon. The project is BABY 1000, and the funds will be used to pilot the feasibility and acceptability of a prospective longitudinal pregnancy cohort study, including core collection of biological samples.
  • Helen Cheng (SMS, Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health). Helen's project will expand biological analysis to a greater portion of the ARCHER cohort, enabling the team to more fully understand the impact of appetite hormones on obesity and T2D risk in adolescents.
  • Helen McGuire (Central Clinical School, Centenary Institute). Helen's project is a pilot study of immune development in early life, utilising mass cytometry. This will be one of the first projects involving the new Twin Research Node at the CPC.
  • Justin Richards (School of Public Health). Justin's project will examine physical activity and mental health trajectories of under-researched youth living in South Africa using the existing Birth-to-Twenty Plus cohort study.
  • Rebekah Moles with Carl Schneider (Faculty of Pharmacy). Rebekah's project aims to develop a smart syringe prototype that can use fluid measurement technologies to assist in accurate dose measurements thereby reducing dosing errors in neonates.


Current opportunities for researchers: Applications are now open for a range of grants, awards, fellowships, conference and travel grants with closing dates in the coming months.

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