Born in Bradford (BiB) is one of the largest research studies in the world, tracking the lives of over 30,000 Bradfordians to find out what influences the health and wellbeing of families. The findings are used to develop new and practical ways to work with families and health professionals to improve the health and wellbeing of the community. BiB is tracking the health and wellbeing of over 13,500 children, and their parents, born at Bradford Royal Informary between March 2007 and December 2010. The health of these children is being tracked from pregnancy through childhood and into adult life. Studying children from before birth is a powerful way of understanding the many influences that shape our lives.
The New Wave study will ask further questions of the BiB children who are now in primary school, we plan to collect information from at least 9,000 BiB children at age 7-10 years and their parents. In the BiB Primary Schools Years study we will work with schools in Bradford to ask children and teachers to complete questionnaires. Children will use laptop computers to complete assessments and answer questions about their lives, health and wellbeing. In the BiB Growing Up study we will ask parents and children to come to a 'BiB bus' or another community location to complete questionnaires and have some measurements. There we will ask families about changes in their social and economic circumstances, and about their health and wellbeing, and we will ask children about their diet and how much exercise they get. We will take blood samples from children and parents, measure their height, weight, body fat and bone density.
Information from studies will be used to understand children's health and wellbeing, how they have changed over time and the causes of differences in childhood health and wellbeing. In particular, we would like to understand the factors that affect: