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The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network (LCRN) is a virtual collaborative network of researchers, service providers and thought leaders committed to improving health and reducing disease by advancing life course health development research.

LCRN brings together diverse expertise and perspectives to examine the origins and development of health, and to inform meaningful and evidence-based changes in practice, systems and policies affecting children and families.

Latest Research by LCRN Members

  • Issue Brief – Why Becoming a Good Parent Begins in Infancy: How Relationship Skills Are Developed throughout the Life Course Read full article
  • Research Brief: The Emerging Theoretical Framework of Life Course Health Development Read full article
  • Life Course Research Agenda (LCRA), Version 1.0 Read full article
  • Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) in Life Course Health Development Research Read full article
  • Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to Conduct Life Course Health Development Analysis Read full article
  • Using the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY) to Conduct Life Course Analyses Read full article

Life Course Health Development in the News

  • Treating the Lifelong Harm of Childhood Trauma (NY Times)
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  • The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars (NY Times)
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  • We Measure and Are Accountable for the Things We Care About So Why Aren’t We Doing This for America’s Kids? (Medium)
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  • The neuroscience of inequality: does poverty show up in children’s brains? (The Guardian)
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  • How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain (ABC News)
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  • Does ‘Wrong Mind-Set’ Cause Poverty or Vice Versa? (NY Times)
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