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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Subjective memory complaints (SMC) or subjective cognitive decline (SCD)

Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 1972-73 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 1037  
Estimated Current Sample Size  
Age at Recruitment 0   
Gender Male and Female 

The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study (DMHDS) is an ongoing, longitudinal study of the health, development and well-being of a general sample of New Zealanders. They were studied at birth (1972-73), followed up and assessed at the age of three when the longitudinal study was established. Since then they have been assessed every two years until the age of 15, then at ages 18 (1990-91), 21 (1993-94), 26 (1998-99), 32 (2003-2005), and 38 (2010-2012). It is planned to next see the Study members at age 44/45 and beyond.

Last update – 31/01/2017

Country New Zealand 
Contact details
Institution name Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit 
Principal Investiator (PI) Dr Terrie Moffitt and Dr Richie Poulton 
Contact email Email : [email protected], PI email: [email protected] and PI email: [email protected] 
Contact phone number +64 3 4798508 
Address Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit,
Department of Psychology,
University of Otago,
PO Box 913,
Dunedin 9054,
New Zealand 
Funders (Core support) UK Medical Research Council
US National Institute of Health
National Institute on Ageing 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Behaviour, Cognitive function, Mental health
Funtional rating: Individual physiological, Individual psychological
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Reproductive, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Family circumstances, Housing and accommodation, Income and finances, Informal support, Marital status, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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