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Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)

Changes in human body height over the past 200 years

Summary of Research

In this project we analyse secular trends in height and growth in Switzerland (and other countries) over the past 200 years. We combine monitoring data (size at birth, schoolchildren, conscripts) and survey data. We are particularly interested in socioeconomic/regional differences, inter-generational effects, and various determinants/consequences of human height. We are currently also developing an online teaching tool, which is dedicated to height.

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  • Lehrkredit UZH
  • Mäxi Foundation

Weiterführende Informationen

Swiss National Science Foundation