APIC stands for the Adults Born Preterm International Collaboration. We are an international group of researchers who study the health and well-being of preterm born babies when they have grown up and become adults.
We have come together because by analyzing data from our studies together through individual-participant meta-analysis we can try to answer questions that could not be answered by a single study. For example, we will be able to study resilience: factors contribute to good outcomes in preterms who have been severely ill and who would have a high risk of adverse outcome. We also plan future follow-up studies in our study cohorts.
Many of us are neonatologists; some of us have followed the small preterm infants we once took care of as neonates from the 1970s onwards. Others have a background in other fields of medicine, psychology, epidemiology or other disciplines. We work with other scientists from diverse fields ranging from molecular biology to economics.
All scientists who are following up adults born preterm are welcome to join the collaboration.
APIC has a lean and informal structure. Participating research teams rotate in organizing the meetings and standing for the meeting costs.
For the purpose or practical work, APIC consists of interest groups that focus on a specific topic. Focus areas of these interest groups are currently blood pressure and physical activity, lung health, growth, reproduction, psychopathology, executive functioning, neuroimaging and quality of life. Each interest group agrees independently on issues related to joint analysis of data such as scientific objectives, division of labour, authorship issues etc.