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 are also currently 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

Waiting to start a family could be more problematic than thought

Monday 23rd February 2015

More than a quarter of women and a fifth of men experience fertility difficulties by their late thirties – figures which are considerably higher than traditionally reported, newly published information from the Dunedin Study shows.
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Director takes on additional role as Chief Science Advisor to Ministry of Social Development

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Professor Richie Poulton, has recently been appointed to the new role of Chief Science Advisor for the NZ Ministry of Social Development, and will work to improve the use of evidence in policy development and advice. He will perform this part-time role in addition to his current duties as Director of the Dunedin Study.
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Study finds ‘social jetlag’ is associated with obesity-related disease

Friday 23rd January 2015

New research from the Dunedin Study published in the International Journal of Obesity found an association between social jetlag (the difference in sleep pattern between work days and weekend), obesity and obesity-related disease including metabolic disorder, inflammation and diabetes.
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Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health

Thursday 20th November 2014

A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s health status, too, according to our latest research.
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NZ school children not disadvantaged by part-time work

Tuesday 29th July 2014

New research from the Dunedin Study found that schoolchildren who combine schoolwork with a part-time job do not appear to suffer from any long-term disadvantage.
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