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Research on Children and Adults born Preterm (RECAP)

The University of Warwick has been awarded over €1,000,000 in recognition of its role as scientific lead on the RECAP project. In all, the RECAP project has been awarded nearly €10,000,000, has 19 partners besides Warwick, and will last for 4 years and 3 months.

Professor Dieter Wolke (Psychology) is the Scientific Lead at Warwick along with Professor Jennifer Zeitlin (INSERM, France) while the project coordination will be led by Professor Erik Verrips at TNO (Netherlands).

Overall aim of this project:
Very preterm (VPT) or very low birth weight (VLBW) births account for up to half of perinatal and infant deaths, children with impairments and disabilities and more than a third of the health and educational budgets for children across Europe.

The overall aim of the RECAP preterm Project is to improve the health, development and quality of life of these children and adults by developing the RECAP preterm Cohort Platform, a sustainable, geographically diverse and multidisciplinary database of national and European cohorts of babies born very preterm or with very low birth weight (VPT/VLBW cohorts), This network contains cohorts constituted over a 30-year time span and is designed to optimize the use of population data for research and innovation in healthcare, social and education policy.

The project consortium will develop novel methodologies and tools for data management and analysis to strengthen research on current and future VPT/VLBW cohorts. The establishment of this collaborative European platform, implemented by a consortium of multidisciplinary experts, enables us to take current knowledge, research methods and tools as well as translation into practice beyond the current state of the art. This will benefit VPT/VLBW children, their families and society.
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Project Partners:

  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
  • The University of Warwick
  • Institut national de la santé et de la recherche medicale
  • Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto
  • University of Leicester
  • European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • University Hospital of Bonn Children’s Hospital
  • University of Helsinki
  • Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù, IRCC
  • Philipps University Marburg
  • University of Tartu
  • University of Antwerp
  • concentris research management GmbH
  • Extensive Life Oy
  • National Institute for Health and Welfare THL
  • Amager og Hvidovre Hospital