Welcome

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
Director.

 University of Otago

Recent News

Dunedin Study Researcher Receives International Distinguished Scientist Award

Thursday 3rd July 2014

Professor Murray Thomson has become the first New Zealander to win two awards from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). The IADR presented Professor Thomson with the 2014 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Researchduring the Opening Ceremonies of the 92nd IADR General Session & Exhibition held on 25 June 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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2014 Highly Cited Researchers

Thursday 19th June 2014

In no small part due to the high volume of quality research publications that have been, and continue to be produced, from the Dunedin Study, both the Study Director, Richie Poulton, and Associate Director, Terrie Moffitt, have been included in the recently released Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers.
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Study Director wins Dean's Research Medal

Wednesday 21st May 2014

The Director of the Dunedin Study, Professor Richie Poulton, was "thrilled" after being recognised for his research at the Dunedin School of Medicine and Southern District Health Board's Health Research and Excellence Awards held on Monday evening, 19 May 2014. The award was also an acknowledgement of the 1037 participants of the Study, he said.
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Fluoridating water does not lower IQ

Tuesday 20th May 2014

New  research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ.
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Personality may be key risk factor in preventive health care

Thursday 27th March 2014

Conscientious young adults enjoy better health as they age, our research found. When it comes to helping young adults avoid serious health problems later in life, assessing their personalities during routine medical examinations could prove as useful as recording their family medical histories and smoking habits, according to a new paper from the Dunedin Study team led by Dr Salomon Israel and published by the American Psychological Association. Our research found that if a doctor knows a patient's personality, it is possible to develop a more effective preventive health care plan that will result in a much healthier life.
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