About the ELSPAC study

The European Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood (ELSPAC) is a prospective study that was initiated in 1980s by the World Health Organization (WHO) in six European countries. In the Czech Republic, the ELSPAC study has followed up 5.738 children born in Brno and 1.851 children born in Znojmo since their birth to their adulthood.

All followed-up children were born in 1991 or 1992. Collected data enable researchers to understand better the influence of biological, psychological, social, economic and environmental factors (including their combinations) on the health of children and adolescents. Results of the ELSPAC study should contribute to the improvements in preventive care, and to a further rise in the quality of life of the Czech population.

The study was financially supported by the Internal Grant Agency of the Czech Ministry of Health (IGA), grants provided by the Czech Ministry od Education, Youth and Sports, the Czech Science Foundation, and the Brno City Municipality. We would also like to express our appreciation for the support provided by the WHO Country Office in the Czech Republic, as well as by the implementation team of the sister ALSPAC study, which was carried out at the Bristol University in the UK.

We would also like to highlight the key role of Assoc. Prof. Lubomir Kukla, M.D., who led the implementation team of the ELSPAC study in the Czech Republic for more than 20 years. Last but not least, we would like to express our appreciation to other research teams at the Masaryk University, which contribute to the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, as well as to the management of the Masaryk University for their continuous support.