The MINI Study

Thank you for your interest in the MINI Study.

MINI Study

What is the purpose of the study?


This study will monitor the mother’s health by assessing her nutrient status, thyroid function and general health. How a mother’s health status might affect her baby’s development during early life is important. The three nutrients being studied are iodine, selenium, and iron. Understanding these nutrients will help to provide better health care to future mothers. This leads to greater knowledge about the health and wellbeing of all mothers and their infants.

Who are we looking for?


•    healthy women over the age of 16
•    either in the late stage of pregnancy or having just given birth.

What are the advantages of taking part in the study?


•    Both your thyroid function and iron status will be monitored (not normally continually covered by primary health care services);
•    Repeated monitoring of your wellbeing during the first year after delivering your baby;
•    Based on your food diary, you will receive written feedback on your intake of nutrients (compared to New Zealand standard dietary guidelines) within a month after we receive the dietary diary.
•    You will receive information about your child’s development assessments at 4, 8 and 12 months.

What will be involved if joining the study?


•    Three Visits to the Human Nutrition Research Unit at Massey University
•    Complete questionnaires about food intake, use of supplements, general health
•    Complete a Child Development Questionnaire when your baby reaches 4, 8 and 12 months old
•    We will measure your body composition
•    Collect a small urine, blood and/or breastmilk sample and toenail clippings from you
•    Collect a small urine sample and nail clippings from your child

Any questions, please email mini@massey.ac.nz

To take part in the MINI study, register here.

For the full information sheet, click here.

Further enquiries - click here to see contact details.

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