Department of Health

For Victorian researchers embarking on one of the largest health studies in the world, GenV presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to map the health of an entire generation of young Victorians.

The ground-breaking research project will track the wellbeing of newborns in Victoria throughout their lives in order to paint a complete picture of their health and development, providing researchers with invaluable data from communities across the state.

With plans to involve up to 150,000 children and their families over the next two years GenV will attempt to speed up answers to the major issues facing children and adults today and in the future.

Open to all babies born in Victoria, the project has recently started rolling out across regional Victoria.

It means families like Caitlin Little and her daughter Matilda, born in Ballarat Health Services last month, will have the chance to be part of a study driving better health outcomes for children across the state.

Professor Melissa Wake, GenV Scientific Director and a paediatrician of 30 years, said that by 2035, GenV’s vision is to have helped create a happier and healthier future for many children and parents.

“By involving children and families in this once-in-a-generation initiative, GenV can help solve pressing problems like asthma, food allergies, obesity, and mental illness.

“In addition, we are seeking to address the inequities that face so many children and families across Victoria. Because GenV will be in every community, it may be especially helpful to the most vulnerable individuals and communities in our state,” she said.

GenV is a joint initiative between the Murdoch Children’s Research InstituteExternal Link , the Royal Children’s HospitalExternal Link and the University of MelbourneExternal Link , and is proudly supported by the Victorian Government, the Paul Ramsay FoundationExternal Link and the Royal Children’s Hospital FoundationExternal Link .

For more information visit the GenV websiteExternal Link .

Reviewed 24 March 2023


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