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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 most recent Lifespan Research Day, held in July, included an impressive program of presentations and discussion, showcasing recent lifespan research in three sessions: Life Stages, Transitions and Trajectories, and Translation.

Dr Katrina Prior is the winner of 2019 Lifespan Collaboration Award which recognises outstanding multidisciplinary, cross-faculty and/ or international collaboration in lifespan research and comes with a  prize of $1,000 to contribute to research. The ‘People’s Choice Award for Best Presentation of the Day’ was awarded to PhD candidate Kristie Weir.

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. The 2019 awardees are:

  • Katrina  Prior, Sydney Medical School - Anxiety and alcohol use during the transition to young adulthood: Can we re-train the brain?
  • Jiao Jiao, Li, Sydney Medical School - A novel regenerative therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis
  • Helen Parker, Discipline of Exercise & Sport Science, Health Sciences - Effectiveness of Chrono Nutrition for weight management in young women
  • Sam Lain, Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School - Maternal autoimmune disease and childhood neurodevelopmental outcomes
  • Rebekah Moles, Sydney Pharmacy School - SetDoseTM- Testing the accuracy of the prototype and integrating the software

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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