NEWS | 2 February 2020

Prof. Wolke receives “Distinguished Contributions to British Developmental Psychology” award!

We are delighted to announce that Professor Dieter Wolke has been elected to receive the 2020 British Psychological Society (BPS) Developmental Psychology Section Distinguished Contribution Award for his substantial contributions to research in the field of Developmental Psychology.

Prof. Wolke, from the Department of Psychology and Division of Mental Health & Wellbeing (WMS) at the University of Warwick, focuses on the study of developmental pathways leading to psychopathology, social and emotional development, biological at-risk children (very preterm children), school and sibling bullying, infant regulatory problems (crying, feeding, sleeping) and parenting. Congratulations!

NEWS | 11 November 2019

HAPP-e study launched – We are looking forward to your participation!

Born too soon? We need your input: As part of the RECAP-preterm project, our colleagues at ISPUP just launched HAPP-e!

HAPP-e is the acronym for “Health of Adult People born Preterm – an electronic cohort pilot study”. We are inviting adults with a history of preterm birth to be part of an innovative way of doing research. Click on the image below to find out more about the study and to complete the HAPP-e questionnaire. Filling out the questionnaire requires only a little bit of your time and may provide enormous insight for future generations. Thank you!

EVENT | 21 - 25 March 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Winter School postponed to 21 – 25 March 2021

In the context of the current health crisis and keeping in mind the safety of our participants, the “RECAP Winter School” in Munich, Germany (Castle Fürstenried), will be postponed to 21 – 25 March 2021.

Registration for the Winter School is still open.

„Collaborative research on very preterm birth: concepts and methods – working with the RECAP preterm Data Platform”

This Winter School will provide young researchers with an overview of very-preterm cohorts and collaborative research principles and techniques. 



Our vision

Improve health, development and quality of life of babies born preterm

Although very preterm or very low weight births constitute fewer than 2% of all births across Europe, they account for up to half of perinatal and infant deaths, children with impairments and disabilities and more than a third of the health and educational budgets for children.

In addition to the increased risk for physical impairments, babies born the earliest and the smallest are also at higher risks of psychological and social problems than infants born at term. The RECAP preterm Project aims to understand the causes of these difficulties faced by very preterm children and adults in order improve the health, development and quality of life of these individuals.

Why is this important?

A strong and unique network

Extensive cohort studies and the collation of large amounts of data

The key to finding the causes as well as the treatment and prevention options for preterm babies lies in extensive cohort studies and the optimal use of of large amounts of data on very children. The RECAP preterm Project aims at using these two elements to discover new pre- and postnatal risk factors.

In order to reach this goal, we will set up the RECAP preterm Cohort Platform, a unique and powerful network of experts from various disciplines as well as parent and patient organizations. The network includes the major longitudinal studies in Europe and around the world and will assemble massive amounts of data that will reflect broad geographic, cultural and health system diversity.

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