Research conducted by BetterStart Health and Development Research aims to understand how to give infants, children, young people and families the best start to life and to focus on ways to enhance health and development over the lifespan.

BetterStart Health and Development Research is led by John Lynch, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health. We have an interdisciplinary team with backgrounds in epidemiology, public health, nutrition, criminology, paediatrics, social work, biostatistics, and psychology. BetterStart's aim is to generate better evidence to inform policy and practice to improve health, wellbeing and development outcomes.


The Better Evidence, Better Outcomes, Linked Data (BEBOLD) platform informs research, service provision, intervention evaluations, and policy around child health, development, and human capability formation from the perinatal period into adulthood.