The Dunedin Study - DMHDRU

Ritchie PoultonIt 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 also 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.

With special 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, CNZM FRSNZ

Latest updates

Does physical fitness enhance lung function in children and young adults?   A University of Otago-led study has revealed that fit children develop better lung function as young adults » Why Am I? - The Science of Us wins NZTV Award The four-part series Why Am I? -The Science of Us was screened nationally in 2016, before reaching international audiences via networks covering 70 countries, including BBC Asia and SBS Australia » Staying ahead of the curve On June 28th 2017, a packed audience of nearly 300 people listened to Professor Poulton's fascinating research journey and future plans for this award winning study » Queen's birthday honours for Richie CNZM Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study director Prof Richie Poulton » Science Prize awarded to Dunedin Study The Study was absolutely thrilled to be awarded the 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Prize » Dunedin Study new home officially opened 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 »