LCRN provides an innovative infrastructure for capturing and disseminating knowledge, catalyzing basic, theoretical, applied and translational life course health development research, and increasing the funding available to support such work.

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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

  • Growing a Best Babies Zone: Lessons Learned from the Pilot Phase of a Multi-Sector, Place-Based Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality Read full article
  • The Anatomy of Developmental Predictors of Healthy Lives Study (TADPOHLS) Read full article
  • Just One Wish for the Study of Human Development Read full article
  • Applying A 3.0 Transformation Framework To Guide Large-Scale Health System Reform Read full article
  • Leveraging the science of health development: designing systems that help children thrive (2014 CIFAR Symposium presentation) Read full article
  • Improving Maternal and Child Health Across the Life Course: Where Do We Go from Here? Read full article

Life Course Health Development in the News

  • The effect of environment on genes (WSJ)
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  • “Children need some stress in their lives”: The new science of resilience (Quartz)
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  • Studying how poverty keeps hurting young minds, and what to do about it (NY Times)
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  • Effects of trauma could constitute disability, judge rules in Compton Unified case (LA Times)
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  • Why It Might Be Time to Treat Child Poverty Like a Medical Condition (takepart)
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  • The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá (NYTM)
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