The Dunedin Study - DMHDRU

For Study Members

Tēnā koutou katoa / Hello everyone,

We are excited to welcome you all back for Phase 52 of The Dunedin Study! If you have not already, you will shortly receive a mailed-out package containing all that you need to know about the assessment phase as well as Consent and Travel forms to return. Please see below for copies of these forms:.

If you have any questions, please call  03 479 8507 or email.

Your ongoing participation is the reason why the Study is so successful and has helped people around the world. We sincerely thank each and every one of you and we are really looking forward to welcoming you back to the unit soon.

Ngā manaakitanga / Best wishes,


Professor Moana Theodore (Director)



Click here to see our 2020 newsletter which gives you the highlights of some of our research.

Thank you for taking part in the age 45 assessment phase- another record breaking success with 94% of all Study members still alive seen. We finished the final assessment on 1st April 2019 almost exactly two years after we started (3rd April 2017). Almost all of you also participated in the Brain MRI scans. The research teams are now making good use of the data.

If you have recently moved or changed your contact details, please phone or email us. Alternatively, please complete and return by email the contact information form so we can update your details.

 2015 - Out with the Old

Demolition of the Barningham Building commenced on 16 December 2015 to make way for the new Dental School redevelopment.







2017 - In with the New

At long last the Dunedin Study has its own, purpose-built building which was officially opened on 25 January 2017 by Tertiary Education Minister, the Hon. Paul Goldsmith.

The new building, on the corner of Union Street and Anzac Avenue, is designed, first and foremost, with Dunedin Study members in mind. Because Study members’ identities are never revealed, the building has a private entrance, private parking, and a discreet street façade. The ground floor is dedicated to research, and includes interview rooms and specialised testing areas, and, most importantly, a lounge and courtyard area especially for the Study members. This area has appropriately been named "The Phil Silva Research Suite" in honour of the Study's Founding Director. The first floor has offices and meeting rooms for researchers and support staff. Study members have enjoyed a whole new experience when they came to the Unit for their age 45 assessments!


Director, Richie Poulton (far right) joins (from left); Founding Director, Phil Silva; Mike Colombo (Head of Psychology Department); Harlene Hayne (Vice-Chancellor); Koro Hata; the Hon. Paul Goldsmith (Tertiary Education Minister).