Overall study design
The Rhea study is a long-term study that examines the health of children born in Crete and aims to provide evidence regarding the origin of significant health problems. To achieve that, it follows up 1200 children and their families in the prefecture of Heraklion since 2007. It has been held from the University of Crete and it is the only mother-child cohort in Greece. Many specialties have worked so far in the Rhea study and much collaboration with other research centers exist.
We have followed the pregnancy, the delivery and the first years of life of children and at this point we follow children at their school age. We have gathered a lot of information in order to build up an accurate picture of how lifestyle, environment and genes might influence children’s health. Analysis of these data, has given already important results. The aim is to follow our population up to adolescence or even young adulthood.