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Born in Bradford

What is Born in Bradford?Born in Bradford logo

Born in Bradford is one of the biggest and most important medical research studies undertaken in the UK.

The project started in 2007 and is looking to answer questions about our health by tracking the lives of 13,500 babies and their families and will provide information for studies across the UK and around the world.

The aim of Born in Bradford is to find out more about the causes of childhood illness by studying children from all cultures and backgrounds as their lives unfold.

How is the University of Bradford involved?

Prof Neil Small is one of the original founders of Born in Bradford and is the Academic Lead for the birth cohort study. Since its inception it has grown considerably and now employs further academic members of staff and PhD students at the University of Bradford who are working on the project.

Further information

Research Impact

Boseley S (2013) Study links low birthweight to air pollution and traffic. The Guardian [online]. 15 October. Available at:

Telegraph and Argus (2013) Pregnant women at risk from pollution, study finds. Telegraph and Argus [online]. 15 October. Available at:

Campbell D (2013) Binge-drinking increases risk of underweight baby. The Guardian [online]. 13 September. Available at:

Telegraph and Argus (2013) Risks are all too clear on baby healthTelegraph and Argus [online]. 13 September.

Boseley S (2013) Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects, say researchersThe Guardian [online]. 4 July. Available at:

BBC News (2013) Bradford study finds higher birth defect risk in married cousins. BBC News [online]. 4 July. Available at:

BBC News (2012) Chips and crisps 'linked to low birth weight babies'. BBC News [online]. 23 October. Available at:

Hughes D (2011) Born in Bradford study targets child health issues. BBC News [online]. 29 July. Available at: