Special Interest Groups

The Raine Study investigators bring expertise from 14 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which are aligned to life-course framework covering multidisciplinary and multiple time points.   

The SIGs are based around key data sets within 5 overarching areas: genetics, phenotype, behaviours, environment as well as education and work.

There is also a cohort methods focused SIG to support the quality and efficiency of analyses.

The role of the SIGs is to develop and enhance utilisation of data resources.  The SIGs have leaders and members likely drawn from a number of the financial partners to encourage cross-institutional collaboration.

Bio

The Bio Special Interest Group looks at body composition, including growth, size, adiposity, bone, muscle, 3D facial morphology, muscles, nutrients, infectious disease and dental health. It is led by Peter Eastwood, from the University of Western Australia and Leon Straker from Curtin University.

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Cardiometabolic

The Cardiometabolic Special Interest Group research areas include the heart, vessels, liver, kidney, microbiomes and gastro-intestinal areas. It is led by Trevor Mori and Koya Ayonrinde.

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Cohort Methods

This special interest group ensures best practice data analysis is used and is led by Max Bulsara and Angela Jacques from the University of Notre Dame Australia and Anne Smith from Curtin University.

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Diet

The Diet Special Interest Group has a focus on diet and dietary behaviour. It is led by Therese O’Sullivan from Edith Cowan University and Wendy Oddy from the University of Tasmania.

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Education and Work

The Education and Work special interest group looks at primary and secondary school achievement, post-secondary education, occupation, work perceptions, work productivity and economics. It is led by Paul Koshy from Curtin University, Lynette Vernon from Murdoch University and Patrick Dunlop from Curtin University.

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Environmental and Perinatal Exposures

Our Environmental and Perinatal Exposures Special Interest Group is able to investigate areas of human exposure to different factors from before birth and over the life course of participants. It is led by Peter Franklin and Shin Lee.

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Genetics

Our Genetics Special Interest is able to investigate areas of human genetic and epigenetics. It is led by Phillip Melton from the University of Western Australia and Craig Pennell, the University of Newcastle.

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Hormonal and Reproduction

The Hormonal and Reproduction Special Interest Group is focused on the early life factors affecting male and female reproductive function. It is led by Prof Roger Hart, The University of Western Australia; Prof Martha Hickey, The University of Melbourne; and Dr Melanie Walls, The University of Western Australia.

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Musculoskeletal

The Musculoskeletal Special Interest Group has research interests in pain and arthritis and is led by Darren Beales and Peter Kent, both from Curtin University.

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Psychological

The Psychological Special Interest Group looks at cognition, language, mood and mental health. It is led by Ashleigh Lin and Monique Robinson.

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Respiratory, Immunology and Inflammation

Our Respiratory, Immunology and Inflammation Special Interest Group is able to investigate areas of research relating to respiratory health and immune function and/or inflammation. It is led by Rachel Foong from the Telethon Kids Institute and John Blakey from Curtin University.

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Risky Behaviour

The Risky Behaviour Special Interest Group looks at drug use – including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as well as sexual behaviour and driving patterns. It is overseen by Robert Tait from the University of Western Australia and Rachel Skinner from the University of Sydney.

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Senses

The Senses Special Interest Group has a focus on research relating to eyes and ears. It is led by Christopher Brennan-Jones from Telethon Kids Institute, Rob Eikelboom from Ear Science Institute of Australia and David Mackey from the Lions Eye Institute.

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Sleep and Activity

The Physical Activity and Sleep Special Interest Group looks at physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep. It is led by Joanne McVeigh from Curtin University and Nigel Mcardle from the University of Western Australia.

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