Participant engagement and careful planning are key to a successful cohort study
In the beginning there was an idea ... and funding. The project might never have started if not for a serendipitous meeting between an accountant for the Raine Medical Research Foundation and a young obstetrician. The Foundation had been established 30 years earlier by the bequest of Mary Raine (Box 1), a successful businesswoman who left her property empire to the University of Western Australia (UWA) for medical research. The accountant mentioned that the Foundation had decided to award a large sum of money to one big, visionary project, and the very next day the grant application was underway.
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