Plea For Children Of The 90s Families To Come Forward
7 February 2003
How would you like to see what your body looks like inside? That’s the offer being made to a group of South-west children.
How would you like to see what your body looks like inside? That’s the offer being made to a group of South-west children who are being given the chance to have a picture taken of their skeleton.
The youngsters, who are all part of the 14,000 families who make up the world-renowned Children of the 90s project, were all born in the region between April 91 and December 92.
Over the last year they have been invited into the Focus Centre in the former Children’s Hospital building on St Michael’s Hill in Bristol to take part in a series of fascinating tests.
As part of the Focus @ 9 session they not only get to lie on a special scanner to have a picture taken of their skeleton, they get a photograph of their eardrum, measure their blood pressure and find out just how fit they are. Data collected from the tests - and the study as a whole - is being recorded and analysed to help improve children’s health.
Over the next few days staff at the centre are busy trying to round up the last few families who have not found time to come in to the one of the special visits so far.
There are just three days left for them to pop along to one of the special Focus @ 9 sessions and have a go with the last of the current lot of activities being held this Saturday.
Centre manager Sue Sadler said, “There are just three days left for our Children of the 90s families to come along before Focus @ 9 finishes on Saturday. If any listeners who are part of the study and have not yet managed to come along to one of these fascinating sessions - please do give us a ring on 928 8266.”
ALSPAC The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (also known as Children of the 90s) is a unique ongoing research project based in the University of Bristol. It enrolled 14,000 mothers during pregnancy in 1991-2 and has followed most of the children and parents in minute detail ever since.