This section keeps you updated on the major developments throughout the RECAP preterm Project.

We are delighted to announce that Professor Dieter Wolke has been elected to receive the 2020 British Psychological Society (BPS) DevelopmentalPsychology 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!

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!

The project aims at studying the health and quality of life of individuals born preterm around the world, using exclusively digital tools. In the era of internet and social media, HAPP-e takes advantage of e-epidemiology tools to recruit a large sample of individuals, whose participation will be crucial in achieving better health outcomes, health policies, and healthcare practices for adults born preterm.

By participating, you are shaping the future of 15 million preterm babies born worldwide each year, while helping science and medicine move forward!

If you are an adult (≥ 18 years old) who was born preterm (less than 37 weeks of gestation), visit the link below to complete their questionnaire:


Winter School in Munich, Germany (Castle Fürstenried), from 29 November – 03 December 2021

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




Our most recent open-access publication in JAMA Network Open, entitled “Association of Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight With Romantic Partnership, Sexual Intercourse, and Parenthood in Adulthood – A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” by Marina Mendonça, Ayten Bilgin, and Dieter Wolke, received extensive media attention and hundreds of mentionings in the press all over the globe, including amongst others

New York Times BBC Science Focus Magazine Original Article

On August 13th 2019, RECAP team leader Marit Sæbø Indredavik from the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine at NTNU (Norway) was awarded the prestigious ‘King’s Medal of Merit’ for her work and achievements in the medical field. We wholeheartedly congratulate her to these royal honours!

Read more (Article in Norwegian)

RECAP’s 6th Steering Committee meeting took place in Leiden (The Netherlands) on 1-3 July 2019. We were very pleased that Prof. Dr. Vincent Jaddoe, the scientific coordinator of the LifeCycle (also an EU-funded Horizon 2020 consortium project), participated in the meeting as a guest speaker!

Learn more about the LifeCycle project!

A big thank you to all partners for their cooperation and timely submission!

To get in the mood for this beautiful city: La Grande Bellezza

This meeting will involve several RECAP cohort representatives in order to agree on the final outline of the “Qualitative study of children, parents and health care professionals on the relevance of available information, gaps and expectations on cohorts follow up” (D6.2)

Currently all milestones and deliverables are on track. For instance, important exchanges on the harmonisation and classification of the later available cohort datasets and the functionality of the data platform took place. Additionally, the process to decide on research questions to be examined with the platform was introduced.

The following article published by “The Guardian” sheds light on the connection between preterm birth and the risk of mental health problems later in life:

The RECAP preterm project will be presented at the APIC annual meeting on the 5th of May 2017 in San Francisco. Several cohorts outside the EU have already provided support letters for the RECAP preterm project to collaborate. A recent publication initiaited by APIC includes several RECAP preterm cohorts indicating the power of combining cohorts to determine universal outcomes in adulthood after VP/VLBW birth: Pyhälä R, Wolford E, Kautiainen H, et al. Self-Reported Mental Health Problems Among Adults Born Preterm: A Meta-Analysis. Pediatrics. 2017.