COVID-19 research response

COVID-19 research has become an emerging area of focus and collaboration for LifeCourse, the Melbourne Children’s Campus and our cohorts.

As part of the larger Melbourne Children’s response, LifeCourse is facilitating the collection of additional COVID-related data from LifeCourse cohorts.

These data provide a unique opportunity to understand how pre-pandemic experiences shape risk and resilience for children and young people during the crisis, and in the long-term aftermath.

By bringing these cohorts together (shown below), we will gain an understanding of COVID impacts across the population as well as for children and young people with acute or continuing health needs.

This provides an integrated platform to explore:

  • Prevention of COVID-related health problems in the community
  • Treatment of COVID-related health problems in the hospital and other health settings
  • Ongoing support for COVID-related health problems following treatment

Key research streams

To date there has been a rapid and concerted effort to bring LifeCourse cohorts together to facilitate understanding of COVID impacts in two key areas.

COVID Immune

What are the immunological factors associated with COVID-19 severity and protection for kids in the community?

Additional data is being collected from LifeCourse cohorts to understand the role of pre-existing immune histories.

COVID Immune is a new cohort which combines the following pre-existing cohorts: HealthNutsMIS BAIRSchoolNuts, VITALITY

COVID Wellbeing

How do previous experiences shape mental health of families during the crisis, and how they adjust in the long term aftermath?

Additional data is being collected from LifeCourse cohorts to understand the role of pre-existing mental health histories.

Wellbeing data is being collected from COVID Immune, 2000 Stories, ATP, BIS, CATS, MHS, right@home, Triple B, and VicCHILD

 

Summary of cohorts collecting COVID data

Cohort COVID infection Immune function Relationships Mental health Economics
2000 Stories: Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study and Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study
ATP: Australian Temperament Project
BIS: Barwon Infant Study
CATS: Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study
COVID Immune*
MHS: Maternal Health Study
right@home
Triple B: The Triple B Pregnancy Cohort Study (Bumps, Babies and Beyond)
VicCHILD: Victorian Childhood Hearing Impairment Longitudinal Databank

 

*COVID Immune is a new cohort which combines the following pre-existing cohorts: HealthNuts, MIS BAIR, SchoolNuts, VITALITY.