The European project LifeCycle is financed with 10,4 million euros and is part of the activities Horizon 2020: 250 thousand children and parents will be the object of the first European network of studies and innovative research on the respiratory and mental health of the new-born. The results of the research will be translated into new prevention and intervention policies which focus on the first years of life.

LifeCycle is based on an innovative research method which analyses the causes of premature stress (lifestyle, diseases, exposure to drugs or other substances etc.), starting from the embryonic phase, which will influence the health during the whole life, to the birth, until the adult age.

The University of Turin is the only Italian partner in the international and multidisciplinary Consortium which gathers 18 partners coming from 10 European countries and Australia. It will be financed with more than 500 thousand euros in order to develop methods, create the indicators to evaluate the socio-economic impact on the mental and respiratory health and contribute to the specific studies of the cohort NINFEA on the effects and the involved procedure.

The objective of this project is to enrich the figures which are already available in the single cohorts thanks to new indicators of environmental exposure (air pollution, noise, urban elements), socio-economic conditions (economic situation of the family, study level, first- or second-generation migrants) and lifestyle (diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol, sleeping patterns). The factors that influence the risk of developing non-transmitted diseases will be identified and there will be the promotion of intervention and prevention policies also through apps about the premature exposure.