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Maturitas. 2013 Mar;74(3):235-40. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.12.011. Epub 2013 Jan 10.

InterLACE: A New International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to Women's Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease Events.

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1
School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Electronic address: g.mishra@uq.edu.au.
2
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
3
School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, USA.
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Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.
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Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii Hilo, HI, USA.
7
Cancer Epidemiology Centre, Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK.
9
Nutritional Epidemiology Group, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
10
Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA.
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Institute of Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, University of London, London, UK.
12
Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA.
13
School of Health Sciences, Gunma University, Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
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MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London, London, UK.
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School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Department of Health Promotion Science, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Japan.
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Department of Anthropology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA.
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hirosaki University School of Medicine, Hirosaki, Japan.
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Department of Anthropology, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA.
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Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway; Department of Research, Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo, Norway; Samfundet Folkhälsan, Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

Evidence from population-based studies of women increasingly points to the inter-related nature of reproductive health, lifestyle, and chronic disease risk. This paper describes the recently established International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease. InterLACE aims to advance the evidence base for women's health policy beyond associations from disparate studies by means of systematic and culturally sensitive synthesis of longitudinal data. Currently InterLACE draws on individual level data for reproductive health and chronic disease among 200,000 women from over thirteen studies of women's health in seven countries. The rationale for this multi-study research programme is set out in terms of a life course perspective to reproductive health. The research programme will build a comprehensive picture of reproductive health through life in relation to chronic disease risk. Although combining multiple international studies poses methodological challenges, InterLACE represents an invaluable opportunity to strength evidence to guide the development of timely and tailored preventive health strategies.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic disease; Cross-cultural comparison; Life-course research; Menopause; Reproductive health; Women's health

PMID:
23313437
DOI:
10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.12.011
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