Profile of the ELSPAC study

Fig. 1. Overview of questionnaires

Fig. 2. Study timeline.

When?

1988–1991   pilot project involving a small number of participants
1991–2011   data collection
2012-present   validation, analysis and interpretation of data

Who?

1988–2011   Assoc. Prof. Lubomir Kukla, M.D. was the national coordinator of the ELSPAC study.
2012-present   ELSPAC Executive Council has coordinated the study since 2012.

Where?

1991–2002   Research Institute of Child Health
2002–2006   Section of Preventive and Social Paediatrics at the Department of Social Medicine and Health Care Administration (Faculty of Medicine at the Masaryk University)
2007–2011   Research Centre of Preventive and Social Pediatrics
(Faculty of Medicine at the Masaryk University)
2007–present   Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Families
(Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University)
2012–present   Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) and Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses (IBA MU)

How?

Data for the ELSPAC study was collected through questionnaires (Fig. 1), during direct examinations in the ELSPAC outpatient department, and from cooperating centres at the Masaryk University in Brno. Questionnaires were filled at 13 consecutive time points (Fig. 2).