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 age 38 assessment (2010-2012), a target we are hoping to maintain during the current age 45 assessment phase (2017-2019). 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

Science Prize awarded to Dunedin Study

Tuesday 21st March 2017

The Study was absolutely thrilled to be awarded the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.
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Dunedin Study new home officially opened

Wednesday 8th March 2017

After waiting patiently for four decades in often difficult conditions, the Dunedin Study has finally been rewarded with a brand new, permanent, purpose-built home.
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Childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult life-course outcomes

Tuesday 13th December 2016

A small segment of the population accounts for a disproportionate share of costly service use across a society’s health care, criminal justice, and social welfare systems – and paediatric tests of brain health can identify these adults as young as age three, new findings out of the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggest.
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Study suggests NZ children’s family lives often complex and fluid

Friday 16th September 2016

Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new Dunedin Study research suggests.
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TV and Radio Interviews

Monday 30th May 2016

Ahead of the Study documentary series going to air on TV One on the 31st of May, Richie Poulton was invited to do media interviews. Listen to his interview with Kim Hill or watch the video below from the Sunday programme.
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