Our vision is life-time health for all children and families, through research excellence.

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We are uncovering how events and circumstances before birth and in early life, impact healthy development, susceptibility to disease and resistance to adversity. 

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The Institute brings together more than 45 Research Leaders and their teams to conduct internationally renowned research and translation into clinical care and health policy.

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Reproductive and early life origins of health and disease.

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In the news

Parents more likely to refuse COVID jab for children than adults

In a study of South Australian households, researchers at the University of Adelaide have found parents are more likely to refuse COVID-19 vaccination for their child than the proportion of adults refusing vaccination for themselves.  

In the study published in Vaccines, 3003 households were surveyed between May and July 2021 about their willingness to immunise themselves and their children against COVID-19, along with whether they would support mandatory vaccination strategies. 

Lead researcher and author, Professor in Vaccinology at the University of Adelaide Professor Helen Marshall, said: “While COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been extended to children aged between 12 and 15 years in many countries, including Australia, parental support hasn’t been well captured, and very few have looked at community acceptance of mandatory policies. 

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2020 Annual Report

The 2020 Annual Report is now available.

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2021 Lloyd Cox Memorial Lecture - Prof Ingrid Scheffer (ONLINE)

This lecture series features international research and policy leaders tackling grand challenges in early life health.

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