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Children Growing Up in Liverpool (C-GULL)

C-GULL is an exciting programme of research focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children and their families within the Liverpool City Region.

C-GULL will be a flagship birth cohort nested within a civic data linkage programme. It will trace the lives of over 10,000 local families to understand more about what influences the health and wellbeing of children and their families living in the region.

This is important as we know there has been an alarming increase in health inequalities and infant mortality in our region, as highlighted in research led by colleagues in the Department of Public Health and Policy. This is a stark reminder of the challenges we face and the importance of our work to our local community. C-GULL will help us understand and address the many underlying health and social issues which drive these inequalities.

Researching child health and development from before birth is a powerful way of understanding the many things that can shape a child's life. We need to understand more about how each part of a child's life comes together to affect their health and wellbeing. For example parenting, family, genes, the environment in which they live and the services they are able to access and use.

C-GULL will launch in Autumn 2022, bringing together citizens, researchers and clinicians across the Liverpool City Region and wider afield to make one of the largest family studies in the UK.

C-GULL will be led by Professor Louise Kenny and managed by the University of Liverpool in close collaboration with our key partners Wellcome Trust, Liverpool City Region Combined AuthorityLiverpool City Council and NHS Arden & GEM CSU (who host the Data Services for Commissioners Regional Offices).

It will be based at the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and delivered by people across a wide range of allied organisations including Liverpool Health PartnersSPARK, and North West Coast Clinical Research Network.

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