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The Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP) and its outcomes began in 1981 with data collected on 7223 pregnant woman-child pairs (6753 mothers, of whom 520 had 2 study children, less 50 who had multiple births). These women, and their children, were initially followed for up to 21 years. Since then there have been additional follow-ups of the mothers (27 years) and their children (30 years). There has also been a substantial increase in the breadth of topics addressed, with the collection of biological samples, the administration of structured clinical assessments of mental health and cognitive capacity, and markers of physical health such as lung function and blood pressure. MUSP was originally developed as a birth cohort study. It has become a longitudinal study of growth, development and ageing with an emphasis on the generational transmission of a wide range of factors impacting on adult health outcomes. We welcome interest in our study; for study background and publications visit [] or contact [].

Original publication




Journal article


Int J Epidemiol

Publication Date





78 - 78f


Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Birth Weight, Child, Child, Preschool, Environmental Exposure, Female, Health Status, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Mental Health, Middle Aged, Obesity, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Outcome, Prospective Studies, Queensland, Research Design, Social Determinants of Health, Socioeconomic Factors, Substance-Related Disorders