Individual Study / ABCD

Amsterdam Born Children and their Development study

Amsterdam Born Children and their Development study

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The main objectives of the ABCD study are: 1. to investigate children’s health at birth as well as in later life, and ethnic disparities therein; 2. to investigate maternal lifestyle, medical, psychosocial and environmental conditions during pregnancy, and ethnic disparities therein; 3. to investigate the extent to which (ethnic dis-parities in) maternal conditions during pregnancy explain (ethnic disparities in) children’s health at birth as well as in later life; 4. to investigate early-life conditions, and ethnic disparities therein, and the extent to which these conditions explain children’s health in later life. ** ;**
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The ABCD study has been supported by grants from The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW), The Netherlands Heart Foundation, Nutricia NL and Danone Research, Center for Specialized Nutrition.
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr Marcel Van der Wal
    GGD Amsterdam


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
3-month after delivery questionnaire and until the children are 4 years old, specially trained nurses conduct an average of 14 standardized routine measurements to monitor their growth and feeding patterns. Further follow-up measurements will take place every 5 years until adulthood.

Marker Paper

van Eijsden M, Vrijkotte TG, Gemke RJ, van der Wal MF. Cohort profile: the Amsterdam Born Children and their Development (ABCD) study. Int J Epidemiol. 2011 Oct;40(5):1176-86. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyq128. Epub 2010 Sep 2.

PUBMED 20813863


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Pregnant women


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

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