The Born in Bradford study is tracking the health and wellbeing of over 13,500 children, and their parents born at Bradford Royal Infirmary between March 2007 and December 2010. The health of these children is being tracked from pregnancy through childhood and into adult life. Studying children from before birth is a powerful way of understanding the many influences that shape our lives. We have been able to include how our parents and our wider family, our genes, the way we choose to live, the local environment, the services we access come together to affect our health and well-being. The information collected from our Born in Bradford families is being used to find the causes of common childhood illnesses, conditions and to explore the mental and social development of this new generation.

Specific Projects

Primary school years

The assessments will indicate which children are struggling in class and will pick up where their difficulties lie, for example in their fine motor control, or their working memory. These assessments are free to Bradford schools.

To find out more about this project, click here.

School nurses

Over the last three consecutive school years since September 2015 to 2017 the school nursing team have collected some important measurements from BiB children in year 3. They repeated some of the measurements that were taken when BiB children were born and when they were in their school Reception year. BiB has used these to compare and monitor growth and development of children taking part in the study. In 2017, some new measures were introduced including physical activity recording and blood samples, as well as all the measures we have collected previously. From 2017-2020 we are inviting all children in years 4, 5 and 6 who are in the BiB study and have not already had the new measurements taken, to have a physical activity monitor and a blood sample so that we can understand more about how children grow and staying healthy. To find out more, click here.

Research outputs

Wright, J., Small, N., Raynor, P., Tuffnell, D., Bhopal, R., Cameron, N., … & Pickett, K. E. (2012). Cohort profile: the Born in Bradford multi-ethnic family cohort study. International journal of epidemiology42(4), 978-991.

Meet the team

To find out about the BiB team, click here.