ProgEuro

  • Programming effects of early life stress exposure to bereavement on future health:
    A perspective in 6.7 million subjects in three European countries

ProgEuro in brief

ProgEuro (Programming effects of early life stress exposure to bereavement on future health: A perspective in 6.7 million subjects in three European countries) is a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

The project uses data from 21 national databases in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. The first component is a population-based cohort of 6.7 million children. Its objective is to examine the programming effects of an early stress exposure, bereavement during prenatal or early years in life, on a wide range of health outcomes. The second biological component is a proof of concept for foetal programming, examining biomarkers along the pathway from prenatal stress to disease. The novel approaches in this study are designed to meet challenges in four research areas: Developmental origins of health and diseases, stress, bereavement, and register-based research.

The study will strengthen the European leadership in epidemiology and public health. It may start a new era for joint European research in public health.

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