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Lifespan Research Network

Connecting our lifespan researchers
By bringing together lifespan researchers from all over the University, we aim to foster relevant, high-impact and translational research that addresses societal health challenges all over the world.

About the network

Our purpose is to connect a diverse community of researchers who are devoted to the study of human health and development across all stages of life.

Since our formation in 2014, the Lifespan Research Network has grown to include members from across the University's schools and faculties, and many of our affiliated centres and institutes. We aim to foster meaningful connections between our members through engaging and informative events and activities that champion and facilitate collaborative and multidisciplinary lifespan research.

Research highlights


Through the BABY1000 study we're aiming to identify and deal with interactions before and during pregnancy that can contribute to the development of health disorders that impact future generations.

BABY1000 study at the Charles Perkins Centre

Professor Kate Steinbeck, together with Professor Rachel Skinner, have recently launched the Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health, funded by the NHMRC.  Led by Professor Steinbeck, the centre aims to create new knowledge that inspires and informs the future of adolescent health and brings together an Australia-wide network of interdisciplinary experts from universities around Australia.

Learn more about the centre

Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, Susan and Isaac Wakil Professor of Healthy Ageing, has recently recieved a $1,864,345 research grant to trial a new program that aims to help older people with dementia live in their communities for longer. The Interdisciplinary Home-bAsed Reablement Program (I-HARP) combines a range of proven health care strategies into a comprehensive intervention delivered at home. I-HARP clinicians work closely with the person with dementia and their carer to provide client-directed and client-centred care and support. 

Read more about I-HARP

Become a member

Membership is free and open to postgraduate research students and employees of the University of Sydney working within or across the fields of:

  • reproductive and maternal/perinatal health
  • child and adolescent health
  • healthy ageing.

We also welcome and include people employed by teaching hospitals, affiliated institutes, and people holding an academic title award.

To join fill out our membership form.

Major initiatives

Lifespan Research Day

The annual Lifespan Research Day is the highlight of our calendar, providing an opportunity for us to come together to share our recent research achievements across all areas of the University's lifespan research. 

The 2018 Research Day program reflected the diversity of the lifespan community, and highlighted the broad reach and relevance of lifespan and ageing research within health and medical disciplines.

Download the 2018 Lifespan Research Day program (pdf, 479KB).

The 2019 Lifespan Research Day will be held on Thursday 25 July 2019. Abstract submissions and registration will open in April 2019.

Seed Grant Program

The Lifespan Seed Grants Program, now in its third year, supports new and early-stage health and medical research projects that align with the lifespan research theme. The program aims to encourage new multidisciplinary and/or cross-faculty collaborations and is structured to specifically include early career researchers (ECRs) as part of successfully funded teams.

Up to five projects are selected annually to receive a minimum of $10,000 each in funding. To date, this program has helped to kick-start promising research projects focusing on early life through to ageing and across the stages of life.

Applications for the 2019 Lifespan Seed Grant Program open 4 March 2019 and close 22 March 2019.

Please visit the staff intranet for program details and to download the Lifespan Seed Grants Program guidelines, application form and FAQs.

Contact Susie Redfern at


Our people

Contact us

Lifespan Research Network Office


Professor Richard Lindley
Professor Richard Lindley
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Professor Kate Steinbeck
Professor Kate Steinbeck
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