The COMBINE study will improve our understanding of how diet and gut microbiome composition influences healthy growth and neurological development in early childhood.

What is COMBINE?

The aim of COMBINE is to analyse the diet of infants over their first 24 months of life. This feeding data includes formula and supplements. Through our research, we will be able to the determine the effects of diet on early growth and development. 

The COMBINE study follows infants from the newborn stage and into early childhood, making it another example of a comprehensive, long-term INFANT study. Our researchers aim to determine the effects of dietary choices and nutritional status over the first two years

Assessment Tests

Our research psychologists work as part of the COMBINE team. Children recruited to the study are assessed in a number of ways for our research. 

  • Visual Habituation Task
  • The goal of the visual habituation task is to record the speed at which the child reduces responsiveness (habituates) to a stimulus indicating a level of information processing.
  • Free-play Attention Task
  • The goal of the Distractibility task is to record several indictors of how easily a child’s attention is disrupted by a series of experimentally controlled distractor events while the child is playing with different toys.
  • The Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development
  • The Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development is a standard series of measurements used to assess the development of infants and toddlers, ages 1–42 months. 


Nested within the COMBINE Cohort Study is a parallel dietary interviention study: the COMBINE Infant Formula Study. 



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