CELSPAC is the youngest member of our Research Infrastructure and has its roots in the European long-term study of Pregnancy and Childhood (ELSPAC). The data acquired from Czech and Slovak part of the ELSPAC study in last 25 years have greatly contributed on research development, our knowledge and understanding of the determinants of human health. ELSPAC was introduced in the early 1990s by the WHO in several European countries and was coordinated by the Bristol University in the UK (ALSPAC: Children of the 90s and CoCo90s study).
Based on the epidemiological database it was possible to create a new platform CELSPAC, which follows the original ELSPAC study. It continues and expands data collection in the form of a new long-term study, The Next Generation (TNG), as well as other follow-up studies, building large databases in Central Europe and supporting pan-European research.
For the follow-up studies, new protocols were created to reflect the Exposome concept. Furthermore, close cooperation with ALSPAC studies and with the research team from University College London (UCL), who is implementing the Health, Alcohol and Psychosocial factors In Eastern Europe (HAPIEE) study, aims to achieve long-term transgenerational and international comparability of individual cohorts. The population studies core facility will soon be supported by the completion of a new biobanking facility. To ensure its future compatibility, it is built in cooperation with the Czech national node of the European Infrastructure Network of biobanks (BBMRI).
We provide the following services:
- Export pseudonymised data from CELSPAC epidemiological studies
- Pseudonymised biological samples from CELSPAC
- Statistical analysis
- Protocols, questionnaires and standard operating procedures (SOP) for the realization of population studies
- Implementation of downstream CELSPAC studies
- Platform for broad cooperation between clinics, academics and politicians
- Multidisciplinary research Platform
- Biomonitoring Platform
Our team is available for training in areas:
- Design of epidemiological studies, including ethical issues
- Statistical analyses of epidemiological data
- Collection, processing and storage of biological samples
We offer advice and consultation in all types of services needed for the implementation of epidemiological studies or projects.
Our epidemiological databases have been specifically designed to allow the sharing of data, in order to promote multidisciplinary research aimed at factors that can affect human health. Research proposals are assessed, and then selected for implementation by the CELSPAC Executive Board based on their quality and feasibility. The conditions of services provided are based on the contract concluded between the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University and the institution of the applicant.
For general information about accessing the infrastructure, please contact Petra Růžičková, Ph.D. For specific information, please contact persons listed below.
The CELSPAC ethics committee is the advisory body for the CELSPAC Executive Board and as such assesses ethical and legal issues pertaining to the use of the epidemiological databases, as well as ethical and legal issues related to the establishment of new Research Projects.
For more information, please contact