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How to get involved in building GenV’s impact

The GenV Solutions Hub has developed a Focus Area Framework comprising six defined areas that frequently impact on children, parents, families and the community.

These six areas will be the priority areas of GenV’s own research and solutions. This framework considers ‘inequity and vulnerability’ across all focus areas and is initially concentrating on the first thousand days: the ‘mothers and babies’ life stage.

The GenV Focus Areas are:

  1. Mental health and wellbeing including anxiety and depression, socio-emotional wellbeing, behavioural problems, family violence and social inequalities.
  2. Obesity and diabetes including nutrition, physical activity, screen time.
  3. Allergy, immunity & infection including asthma, autoimmune disease, food allergies, stress, antibiotic overuse, gut health.
  4. Development and learning including education, environmental impacts, epilepsy, autism, learning difficulties, development delay.
  5. Organ health and body systems including congenital heart disease, chronic kidney disease, overall heart, brain, bone and oral health.
  6. Healthy environments including play, sleep and children’s environments; services, systems and community-level factors; disadvantage, abuse and food or house insecurity.

GenV’s Method Cores

To support GenV’s research and solutions across the Focus Areas, we are developing groups working together to help shape GenV’s priorities (such as measurement of exposures and outcomes), data and resources in their respective field.

We have also developed our seven Method Cores to help us enable different research methodologies to benefit—and benefit from—GenV: Health Services, Trials, Registries, Population Health, Place-based, Bioresource, and Geospatial.

Each Method Core draws together members from a breadth of sectors in academia, policy and practice into a Method Core Group. Each Group assists GenV in developing a resource that optimally supports and ‘future-proofs’ this field of research.

We are currently developing the Method Core Groups, with their work likely spanning some combination of the following:

  • Ensuring Method Core-specific capabilities are prospectively built into GenV
  • Improving existing data in state and federal datasets
  • Curating existing data and biosamples that are not in current datasets
  • Collecting new population-capable GenV data and biosamples
  • Guiding GenV in conducting pilots
  • Catalysing proposals to fund research arising from the GenV resource
  • Growing student, researcher and analytic capacity
  • Helping GenV to successfully negotiate complex stakeholder, funding and technical environments with regard to this area of research.

Together, the GenV Focus Areas and Method Cores, via the GenV Solutions Hub, drive responsive, timely and innovative science and solutions and execute knowledge translation to help solve problems facing children and the adults they become.

If your work aligns with, or you are interested in, any of the GenV Focus Areas and/or Method Cores, or joining one of the groups, contact us.