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News from the Raine Study: December 2021

Hello, and Seasons Greetings from all of us at the Raine Study to everyone reading this update!  
With our operations based in Perth, we are fortunate to have been able to proceed with business in line with the Western Australian version of “usual” in 2021. We know that this has not been the case for so many of you living in other locations around Australia and indeed around the world. As 2021 draws to a close and the world continues to respond to the constantly evolving demands of the new-normal, we wish you good health, happiness, and connectedness with the people you care about the most, regardless of physical location.
Sending you love and joy -

Your Raine Study team
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Because it's Christmas... Sue Green's Rum Balls Recipe!
1 can sweetened condensed milk 
1 packet sweet plain biscuits crushed
1/2 cup coconut 
1/2 cup cocoa 
3 tablespoons alcohol of your choice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all ingredients, roll into balls, roll in extra coconut and refrigerate. ENJOY!

PS You can use gluten free biscuits to make these and they turn out just as yum!
Recent News Highlights From The Raine Study
New follow-up in 2023
Our new follow-up, which will get underway in 2023, has officially been launched and we want to hear from you!

The new follow-up will involve both Gen1 (parents of those born into the study) and Gen2 (original Raine Study babies born into the study from 1989-1992). To make this follow-up as effective and useful as it can be, we’re seeking participant input via a brief, anonymous survey. The survey was sent via email on 1 December, and already we’ve had nearly 300 responses. If you haven’t yet completed the survey, please do! If you have questions, please email rainestudy@uwa.edu.au  
Gen2-28-Year Heart Health Follow-Up Pumping Along
Data collection for our current Gen2-28-year Heart Health Follow-Up has continued at a good pace. To date we have seen 402 of our Gen2 participants and we are hopeful that, once WA’s border restrictions are lifted in February, we will be able to see many more of our interstate and overseas participants who might be back in Perth again. Keep checking your inbox or junk folder for an email from the Raine Study, and feel free to ask if you think you should have been invited but haven’t heard from us – you can reach us via email, text message (+61 (0)447 863 944), or direct message us on Facebook and/or Instagram.
30 Year Celebratory Book Underway
It's been a long while coming but we're thrilled to announce that we’re making a book! And not just any book - it's a book that’s all about our very valued participants of the Raine Study, and all that you have contributed as part of the Raine Study over the course of the last 30 plus years.  But we need your help…

Another Raine Study World-First: The VisCon Project
2021 has seen us commence an exciting (and world-first) new project that will transform the way that you as a participant receive information about the tests you’ll be taking part in as part of a follow-up, and the way you provide your consent to take part in these tests. Read on

2021 Annual Scientific Meeting
29 October saw us host our 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting. Even though the event is aimed primarily at our research community, this year’s event had a substantial focus on the contributions of our participants. The event theme was The Raine Study’s Next Generation, something we felt was a fitting transition from celebrating the past 30 years to looking ahead to the next three decades.

The event was formally opened by Gen1 mum Amanda Aitken (a last minute replacement for her Gen2 son William who was unwell on the day). Gen1 and Gen 2 participants featured in our panel discussion (with support from one of their Gen3 babies in our audience!), and participants were also involved in the scoring of the student and early-career researcher presentations. Click through to see video and read about our keynotes, panellists and researcher presentations.  

Welcome New Community Advisory Committee Members

In November, we welcomed thirteen new participant members to the Raine Study Community Advisory Committee, a majority of whom were able to join us either in person or online for the final RSCAC meeting of the year on 30 November.
To stay up to date with all our latest news, make sure you visit our News page.
Latest Raine Study Research News

2021 Research Highlights in Brief

In 2021, we received 40 research project applications from researchers engaged with the Raine Study, of which 13 have been approved and 1 completed. These came from a range of topics across 7 of the Raine Study’s 14x Special Interest Research Groups which were (in order of frequency): Musculoskeletal (4); Cardiometabolic (3); Psychological (3); Environmental & Perinatal Exposures (1); Respiratory/Immunology (1); Senses (1); Sleep & Activity (1).
2021 Publication Highlights

Australia's National Preventive Health Strategy

Very much hot off the presses, the Australian Government launched the new National Preventive Health Strategy at a media conference on 13 December. The reason why we decided to include it in this newsletter is because “preventive health” is what we do at the Raine Study, and what you’ve all been enabling by taking part in our follow-ups over the last 30+ years. Scientific findings from the Raine Study have contributed significantly to the field of evidence referenced in the strategy document, and will continue to do so.
To find out more, check out the media statement from the Health Minister and read the summary document. You can also download the strategy document in full at the same location – while it’s 85 pages it’s written in fairly plain English. Pages 13-22 provide an excellent run down of the factors impacting life-course health - in other words, what we do here at the Raine Study and why it matters.
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