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

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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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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Alcohol and adverse sexual health outcomes tracked into late thirties

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Mixing alcohol and sex then regretting the consequences sounds like young people’s behaviour. However, a new study shows that drinking alcohol before sex is still common as people approach middle age, and it still has an impact on their health and wellbeing.
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Young social smokers more likely to become adult daily smokers

Thursday 6th August 2015

Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to recent results from the Dunedin Study published in an article in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
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Method to measure pace of aging in young people developed

Tuesday 7th July 2015

A new method to determine biological aging in people still in their twenties and thirties is the latest result to emerge from analysing data from participants in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study. Once refined, the method opens a new door for therapies that slow aging and help prevent age-related diseases before they occur, researchers believe.
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The message gets through!

Tuesday 30th June 2015

A billboard in downtown Phoenix, USA, June 2015. Our publication Meier et al, 2012, 'Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife' refers.
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