It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit website. Here you will find information about the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health & Development Study (Dunedin Study for short) which has now been ongoing since 1972-73, over 40 years. We tell you how the Study began, details of the assessments we have conducted and the publications that have been generated. We have also been conducting two sub-studies of the Dunedin Study: the Parenting Study and the Next Generation Study. Information about both these studies can be found on this website. Whether you are a Study member, researcher, or a member of the public, I hope you will find this information interesting and useful.

Thanks to the continued outstanding support and commitment of our Study members, we achieved 95% retention at the most recent age 38 assessment (2010-2012). This level of support continues to be humbling for all of us who are involved in this Study.

Professor Richie Poulton, FRSNZ

 University of Otago

Due to privacy issues and to preserve confidentiality, we strongly recommend Study members do not use the Facebook site to message, post or update personal or contact details, but rather do this via email or the online form.

Recent News

We have moved to Logan Park Drive, University Oval

Short-term, the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit  moved on 2 November 2015 from its location in the Barningham Building, behind the Dental School,  to the first floor of the Logan Park Annexe, a three storey, double box shaped building located at 20 Logan Park Drive that houses Otago Cricket and sits behind the University Oval. This move has been necessitated by the required demolition in early November of the Barningham Building to expedite the Dental School rebuild.  Existing phone numbers and postal address remain the same.
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Friday 20th May 2016

We are delighted to announce that the first episode of the Dunedin Study documentary series goes to air in New Zealand on Tuesday, May 31, at 9.30pm on TV ONE programmed as “Why Am I?”
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World TV Networks queue for "Spellbinding" Study Documentary

Tuesday 16th February 2016

The scientific community has long-regarded the University of Otago’s ground-breaking Dunedin Study as an invaluable research tool, but it will receive unprecedented levels of public attention when a television documentary on its findings reaches global audiences later this year.
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Tuesday 2nd February 2016

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Dunedin Study article 4th top science story in 2015

Monday 21st December 2015

The Dunedin Study Pace of Aging paper has been deemed the 4th top science story in 2015 by Science News.
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Adult high blood pressure risk identifiable in childhood

Friday 16th October 2015

Groups of people at risk of having high blood pressure and other related health issues by age 38 can be identified in childhood, new Dunedin Study research suggests.
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