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Born in Bradford awarded new research grant

Posted on 6 July 2016

A project that tracks the lives and health of more than 13,500 children across the city has been awarded a £3m grant to expand its research

The grant, awarded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), ensures new studies will examine the health and wellbeing of at least 9,000 of the original Born in Bradford children, now aged between 7 and 10 years old.

Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and the University's Research Champion for Justice and Equality, is leading the research on how children develop socially and emotionally.

Established in 2007, the Born in Bradford project is one of the largest medical research studies of its kind anywhere in the world.

The impetus for the research stemmed from Bradford’s high infant mortality rates – which were double the national average – and a determination to tackle a raft of growing health issues in the city.

The project aims to find out more about the causes of childhood illness by studying children from different cultures and backgrounds as their lives unfold.

More than 9,000 of the study’s children - who were first recruited while their mothers were pregnant - will be asked, along with their 13,500 mothers and fathers, to complete new questionnaires about their lives, health and wellbeing.

The new data collected will provide a platform to support world-leading research across a wide range of areas. Read more at