Individual Study / SWS

The Southampton Women’s Survey

The Southampton Women’s Survey

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The SWS is funded by the Medical Research Council, the University of Southampton and other sources including the Dunhill Medical Trust, the British Heart Foundation, Arthritis Research UK, the Food Standards Agency, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Southampton, and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013), project EarlyNutrition (grant 289346).
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof Cyrus Cooper
    University of Oxford
  • Dr. Professor Hazel Inskip
    University of Southampton


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Women received ultrasound scans at 11, 19 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. Followed up these children with home visits at six months, one year, two and three years. A sample of over 1,000 children was seen at 4 years of age, more than 2,000 children were seen at ages 6-7 years, and more than 1,000 at 8-9 years. We are currently following-up children at 11-13 years.

Marker Paper

Inskip HM, Godfrey KM, Robinson SM, et al. Cohort profile: The Southampton Women's Survey. Int J Epidemiol. 2006;35(1):42-48. doi:10.1093/ije/dyi202

PUBMED 16195252


Sources of Recruitment
  • Families

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
12,583 Southampton women aged 20 to 34 years. 3,158 babies born to women in the study between 1998 and 2007.


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

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Supplementary Information