He Ara ki Mua — Centre for Longitudinal Research
The Centre for Longitudinal Research (He Ara ki Mua) has been launched by the University of Auckland. It provides an academic hub of expertise in life course epidemiological approaches to population health issues.
It draws together academics from across the Faculties of Medical and Health Sciences, Science, Business and Education, working on cross-disciplinary research projects. The centre will also develop the capacity to provide evidence to inform policy development across sectors to optimise population health and wellbeing.
The Māori name - He Ara ki Mua - which has been gifted means pathways to the future and the key goals of the centre are to apply a longitudinal and life course approach (including appropriate methodologies) to provide relevant evidence that can be translated into improvements in population health and wellbeing.
Growing Up in New Zealand is one of the projects currently in the centre. Other projects include the International Healthy Start to Life Project (NRCGD) and projects related to early childhood respiratory illness and vitamin D.