Happy New Year! 2020 is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Raine Study as we not only continue to change people's lives through our amazing research (thanks to you!) but also get to officially celebrate our 30th birthday. Our celebrations will take place on 1 May 2020 and you should have received an email invitation by now. If not, there are more details in the newsletter below.
As parents and grandparents of our main participants, we know if often feels like you aren't as close to the Raine Study as our Gen2s are - but please know you too are making a difference to human health and well-being across the globe.
Data from all those questionnaires you have filled out some 30 years ago are still being used by researchers today.
So please make sure you keep in touch and if you have changed contact details recently, please reply to this email to let us know.
LATEST FOLLOW-UP UPDATES
The Gen2 28 year old follow-up is currently our only follow up still running. It is due to at the end of April this year.
In exciting news we are taking this follow up to a few places outside of WA - including Sydney, Melbourne and possibly London. It is great we have been able to reach our participants outside of Perth this time around.
Congratulations to our Founding Investigator Professor John Newnham
The Raine Study’s Founding investigator, Prof John Newnham has been named as the 2020 Senior Australian of the Year on Saturday 25th January in Canberra. Prof Newnham founded the Raine Study in 1989 and continues to be involved in the Raine Study today. We are so grateful for his foresight and congratulate him on this well deserved honour.
You can read more and also find a link to his acceptance speech on our website.
YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR 30TH BIRTHDAY
You should have received an eventbrite invitation via email to our 30th birthday party on Friday 1st May 2020 at HBF stadium by now.
If not, don't despair - you can register at the link below.
The evening starts at 6:00pm (for registrations) with official proceedings commencing at 6:30pm sharp.
The second part of the evening will be a cocktail style reception and the chance to talk with our researchers about the key findings we have discovered as a result of your 30 year commitment to the Raine Study.
MEET OUR NEW SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR, PROFESSOR ANNE SMITH
Due the rapid growth in research activity and as part of ongoing succession planning, there are some changes to the scientific management of the Raine Study in 2020 and beyond.
Prof Leon Straker is stepping down as Scientific Director, after 7 years in the role. During that time he and Director, Prof Peter Eastwood have worked hard to update, revise and modernise the human and technical systems of the Raine Study and bring it into the position it is today. We thank Leon for his dedication to the Raine Study over this time.
For the first 6 months of 2020, Leon will continue to work with the Raine Study half a day per week to continue to progress some elements of our strategic plan and provide a thorough handover to our new Scientific Director, Prof Anne Smith.
It is with great pleasure we have welcomed Prof Anne Smith to the role of Scientific Director, effective immediately. Anne will be working with the Raine Study one day per week.
Interested in some of the latest research using your data? Links to some of our most recent papers below, but if you want to know more don't forget to visit our website or even follow us on Twitter where we regularly share the latest papers.