Age of Wonder

Our new study, BiB Age of Wonder, will be
a seven-year project capturing this journey
through adolescence and adulthood for the
BiB cohort and their peers.

We aim to work in partnership with
secondary schools and young people across
the district to create a detailed picture of
every aspect of what it’s like to grow up in
Bradford.

The Story so far:

Born in Bradford (BiB) one of the largest and most exciting health research studies in the world, and now we are looking to continue this ground-breaking work with Bradford’s secondary schools.

Since 2007, we have been tracking the health and wellbeing of over 13,000 Bradford children from when they were born, and finding out why some become ill and others do not.

The evidence from BiB has helped to uncover the harm of air pollution, the impact of our diet and exercise, how the urban environment affects our health and the early causes of diabetes and heart
disease.

It has also been used to develop new treatments and policies to protect the health of our children and helped raise much needed, multi-million pound investment in the city.

Over the last ten years, BiB has worked with over 80 primary schools in Bradford to collect information on education, wellbeing and development on more than 16,000 children.

Teachers were able to use this information to identify children in need of additional support, and we have worked closely with the local authority and Department for Education to make use of our findings.

As they move into adolescence, and then adulthood, young people will experience many changes to their bodies, their minds, their emotions and their social lives. They also enter this period in a time of unparalleled disruption caused by the pandemic.

Our new study, BiB Age of Wonder, will be a seven-year project capturing this journey through adolescence and adulthood for the BiB cohort and their peers.

We aim to work in partnership with secondary schools and young people across the district to create a detailed picture of every aspect of what it’s like to grow up in Bradford.

This will include:

All of the research will be covered by the very highest levels of confidentiality and data security, and we will be asking parents to consent to their children taking part in the study.

Next Steps:

Over the coming weeks, we will be contacting schools across the district to give them information
about the project and inviting them to participate.

We are aiming to begin collecting data from March 2022. This is not a short-term project – we want to work with schools to embed this programme of research and opportunities for the long-term.

By taking part, schools will receive detailed feedback on the health and wellbeing of your school population, opportunities to upskill students in areas of STEM, digital technology and the Arts and have input into services and interventions.

For more information please contact:

Dr Katy Shire, Programme Manager: katy.shire@bthft.nhs.uk