This section keeps you updated on the major developments throughout the RECAP preterm Project.
17 November is World Prematurity Day. We would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally.
Our EU-funded project “Research on European Children and Adults born Preterm” (RECAP preterm) brings together Europe’s largest longitudinal studies of very low birth weight infants followed until adulthood and a highly experienced group of organisations and individual researchers. Our aim is to improve the health, development and quality of life of children and adults born very preterm or with a very low birth weight. To emphasise our commitment for preterm children and their families, the RECAP preterm project members support this year’s World Prematurity Day.
20 transdisciplinary institutions from 12 different countries have joined forces to help improve the lives of babies born preterm.
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:
RECAP preterm working together with the Adult Preterm International Collaboration (APIC), 5 May 2017
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.