Our Story So Far:


The planning for the BIS started in 2008-2009. The idea was to conduct a study that would generate new knowledge on how to give kids the best start to life; and so BIS was born!

We concluded the three year recruitment phase in June 2013, and the last of the babies was born in December 2013, giving us the final cohort of 1074 infants.

Thanks to all the Barwon families we have been gathering information and biosamples that could help not only Australian children, but children and families from all over the world.

Each and every participant is important, and every question answered for us, and every sample donated, adds a piece to the puzzle.

We love watching the BIS children grow, and catching up on all your news and milestones in between catch ups. The efforts of our BIS families are hugely appreciated. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey.




So far we have:


  • Over 1000 participants
  • Asked over 200,000 questions
  • Stored over 100,000 biological samples
  • Taken over 10,000 measurements
  • Now published a number of important scientific papers

Recent Publications: