The case for launch of an international DNA-based birth cohort study

Igor Rudan, Mickey Chopra, Yurii Aulchenko, Abdullah H. Baqui, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Karen Edmond, Bernardo L. Horta, Keith P. Klugman, Claudio F. Lanata, Shabir A. Madhi, Harish Nair, Zeshan Qureshi, Craig Rubens, Evropi Theodoratou, Cesar G. Victora, Wei Wang, Martin W. Weber, James F. Wilson, Lina Zgaga, Harry Campbell

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The global health agenda beyond 2015 will inevitably need to broaden its focus from mortality reduction to the social determinants of deaths, growing inequities among children and mothers, and ensuring the sustainability of the progress made against the infectious diseases. New research tools, including technologies that enable high-throughput genetic and '-omics' research, could be deployed for better understanding of the aetiology of maternal and child health problems. The research needed to address those challenges will require conceptually different studies than those used in the past. It should be guided by stringent ethical frameworks related to the emerging collections of biological specimens and other health related information. We will aim to establish an international birth cohort which should assist low- and middle-income countries to use emerging genomic research technologies to address the main problems in maternal and child health, which are still major contributors to the burden of disease globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of global health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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