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Lifespan Research Network

Connecting our lifespan researchers
By bringing together lifespan researchers from all over the University, we aim to foster relevant, high-impact and translational research that addresses societal health challenges all over the world.

About the network

Our purpose is to connect a diverse community of researchers who are devoted to the study of human health and development across all stages of life.

Since our formation in 2014, the Lifespan Research Network has grown to include members from across the University's schools and faculties, and many of our affiliated centres and institutes. We aim to foster meaningful connections between our members through engaging and informative events and activities that champion and facilitate collaborative and multidisciplinary lifespan research.

Research highlights


Through the BABY1000 study we're aiming to identify and deal with interactions before and during pregnancy that can contribute to the development of health disorders that impact future generations.

BABY1000 study at the Charles Perkins Centre

Professor Kate Steinbeck, together with Professor Rachel Skinner, have recently launched the Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health, funded by the NHMRC.

Learn more about the centre

Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, Susan and Isaac Wakil Professor of Healthy Ageing, has recently recieved a $1,864,345 research grant to trial the Interdisciplinary Home-based Reablement Program (I-HARP) program, which aims to help older people with dementia live in their communities for longer.

Read more about I-HARP

Become a member

Membership is free and open to postgraduate research students and employees of the University of Sydney working within or across the fields of:

  • reproductive and maternal/perinatal health
  • child and adolescent health
  • healthy ageing.

We also welcome and include people employed by teaching hospitals, affiliated institutes, and people holding an academic title award.

To join fill out our membership form.

Major initiatives

Lifespan Research Day

With careful consideration of the ongoing impact of Covid-19, the Lifespan Advisory Board has made the decision to cancel Lifespan Research Day for 2020.

Lifespan Research Day aims to highlight the breadth and relevance of lifespan research across the University. We are currently planning online activities that will continue to connect our community in 2020.

Seed Grant Program

Established in 2017, the annual Lifespan Seed Grants Program funds promising new and early stage lifespan research. The program encourages new multidisciplinary collaborations and is structured to specifically provide opportunity for ECRs.

Lifespan Research Collaboration Award

The annual Lifespan Research Collaboration Award recognises outstanding multidisciplinary, cross-faculty and/ or international collaboration in lifespan research.

This year entries included a short-form video presentation: First place was awarded to Dr Leanne Hassett from the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health presenting: The brief physical activity counselling by physiotherapists (BEHAVIOUR) cluster randomised controlled trial. Watch the video here

Second place winner was Dr Stephanie Partridge from Westmead Applied Research Centre presenting: TEXTBITES: a research study aiming to help teens lead a healthier and happier lifestyle. Watch the video here


Our people

Contact us

Lifespan Research Network Office


Professor Richard Lindley
Professor Richard Lindley
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Professor Kate Steinbeck
Professor Kate Steinbeck
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