Doing Things Differently: Growing Up in Australia’s Child Health CheckPoint Event as iCalendar

24 March 2017

1:30 - 2:30pm

Venue: Liggins Institute – Room 505-003

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

Cost: Free

Contact email: s.gusso@auckland.ac.nz

Professor Melissa Wake

Speaker: Professor Melissa Wake

Cure Kids Professor of Child Health Research, Department of Paediatrics & The Liggins Institute

The Child Health CheckPoint is a project in a hurry. Beginning February 2015, it encircled Australia in just 365 days. Data started to become available in July 2016, aiming at substantive output by Dec 2017. Its promise is substantial. A cutting-edge physical health module and biorepository spanning two generations, situated at the ‘checkpoint’ between childhood and later life. It will yield wide-ranging insights into how life course exposures ‘get under the skin’ to manifest as biology (inflammation, metabolome, epigenome, telomere length, and more), phenotype (multiple non-communicable diseases), and population health (QALYs, services, costs). Ever-accruing value once linked to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, as the children and parents mature to young and aged adults, respectively. In this talk, Prof Wake will provide an overview of this longitudinal study, including its challenges, lessons learned so far, and what it is likely to be achieved.

Consultant Paediatrician Melissa Wake took up the Cure Kids Chair of Child Health Research in February 2017, a joint position with the Department of Paediatrics: Child & Youth Health and the Liggins Institute. Her research focuses in particular on the universal and secondary care systems needed to make a difference to children’s health and development, but her research interests span the common conditions of childhood and the antecedents of adults' diseases of ageing. Prof Wake has conducted numerous randomised trials in the areas of obesity, blood pressure, language, literacy, working memory, hearing, sleep, and mental health. Currently, she leads the Child Health CheckPoint, an intergenerational physical health and biorepository in Australia.