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

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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Internalising Disorders and Leukocyte Telomere Erosion.

Monday 20th January 2014

Telomere length has emerged as a promising biomarker in studies that test the hypothesis that internalising psychiatric disorders are associated with accumulated cellular damage. In a study published today, researchers from the Dunedin Study tested the association between persistence of internalising disorders (depression, generalised anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder) and leukocyte telomere length (LTL).
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Dunedin Study Newsletter 2013

Tuesday 31st December 2013

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Young people and suicide attempt: A signal for long term healthcare and social needs.

Wednesday 4th December 2013

A recent paper from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study team lead by Dr. Sidra Goldman-Mellor showed that 8.8% of Study participants had attempted suicide by the age of 24. These young New Zealanders came of age at a time when their country suffered a severe economic recession, with rising youth unemployment and youth suicide.
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Retinal Imaging shows microvascular abnormality in schizophrenia

Sunday 1st December 2013

At the age 38 assessment, the Dunedin Study introduced retinal imaging as part of the assessment. Using these data, a recent study showed that those who developed schizophrenia were distinguished by wider retinal venules, suggesting microvascular abnormality reflective of insufficient brain oxygen supply.
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