How you can be involved

Participants

The Queensland Family Cohort Pilot Study is actively recruiting now. To be eligible for the study you need to be:

  • Birthing your baby at Mater Mothers' Hospitals and;
  • In the early stages of pregnancy (between 12 weeks - 20 weeks gestation).

If you have a partner, then your partner must also consent to being involved, however if you don't have a partner, you can still participate.

What's involved in the Queensland Family Cohort Pilot Study?

Our team of experience research midwives will see you several times throughout your pregnancy at 24, 28 and 36 weeks gestation. After the delivery of your baby, the research midwives will visit you while you are on the ward. Our final visit will be at 6 weeks after delivery.

Partners will be required at the 24 weeks gestation visit, while all the other visits are optional for partners.

At each of the time points, participants will be asked to complete online surveys and provide biological samples if they can. An ultrasound scan will also be performed at each of the antenatal appointments. We will also catch up with you shortly after birth, and then at 6 weeks after the birth of your baby where will ask you for similar samples.

Samples being collected

For the pilot study, the following samples will be collected:

  • Biological samples (blood, saliva, swabs, stool and urine) and three growth ultrasound scans will be collected at each visit.
  • At delivery, the placenta, cord blood, cheek swab of the baby, baby urine and meconium will be collected.
  • At 6 weeks postpartum breast milk and baby urine will be collected. Growth measures and body composition will be examined for the baby.
  • Parents will be required to complete questionnaires at each visit to assess medication usage, smoking, mental health, quality of life, physical health related questions, chronic disease related questions, nutritional intake, breastfeeding and environmental and occupational exposures.
  • Pollution exposures will be monitored at a random selection of postcodes and homes.
  • Meteorological data will be collected every day of the study to assess environmental interactions.

Researchers

If you are a clinical or basic researcher and are interested in joining one of our research themes, please contact program coordinator Dr Danielle Borg at qldfamilycohort@mater.uq.edu.au for further information.

Industry

If you are an interested company who wants to support or collaborate with the Queensland Family Cohort, please contact program coordinator Dr Danielle Borg at qldfamilycohort@mater.uq.edu.au for further information. 

Governance

If you interested in applying for a sub-study to obtain data collected from the Queensland Family Cohort for your research, please contact program coordinator Dr Danielle Borg at qldfamilycohort@mater.uq.edu.au for further information.