We are looking for children aged 7 to 9 years living in Adelaide to participate in a study investigating the effect of milk consumption on cognition.


Each year the CSIRO performs a number of nutritional research projects involving human participants, including children. Nutrition plays a vital role in the development of the human brain and nutritional intakes are directly involved in the development of healthy cognitive function (including attention, memory and thinking). It is important to gain a better understanding of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and their role in supporting cognitive function in children. 

Whilst some micronutrients are thought to provide benefits for cognitive development independently, it is common nutritional practice to provide micronutrients in combination. These micronutrient ‘bundles’ have been shown to be beneficial for cognitive function in children.

More recent research suggests that complex milk lipids have a role in supporting brain development and improving cognitive outcomes in infants. However, less is known about their effect on cognitive function in children aged 7-9 years, an age when children undergo a brain growth spurt.

About this study

The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of three milk drinks on cognitive function and physical growth and fitness in primary school children. The three milk drinks include:

  1. a standard milk drink
  2. a milk drink with added micronutrients
  3. a milk drink with added micronutrients plus complex milk lipids.

Your child will be asked to consume two 150ml serves (e.g. small glass) of milk every day for 6 months.

This study will run for 6 months. Your child will be required to attend the CSIRO nutrition and health research clinic (located at SAMHRI on North Terrace in the Adelaide CBD) on 2 occasions, at the beginning (April 2017 school holidays) and at the end of the study (October 2017 school holidays). At each clinic visit we will take a sample of your child's blood and also measure their body composition, cognitive function and physical fitness.

At the completion of the first visit you will be provided with a prepaid EFTPOS card to the value of $60 to cover your travel and time. At the completion of the study you will be provided with a prepaid EFTPOS card to the value of $240 to thank you for your family’s participation in the study.

Study Criteria

We are looking for children who:

  • are aged 7 to 9 years
  • live in metropolitan Adelaide
  • are low consumers of dairy (milk, cheese, yoghurt).

Participate in this study

If you and your child are interested in participating in this study, please complete the online screening form .

If you have any queries about this study or would like further information please call +61 8 8303 8906, 1800 850 036 or email Kathryn.Bastiaans@csiro.au.

Human Research Ethics Committee approval number 18/2016.

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