Professor Poulton heads the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit (DMHDRU) at the University of Otago. This is one of the most successful and highly cited longitudinal studies of health and development in the world.
Since assuming Directorship in 2000, he has raised the quality and impact of the already highly productive study, which is based on more than 1000 children born in New Zealand during 1972-73 who have been followed from birth through adulthood.
He and his colleagues bring together psychological, social and physical health data in novel ways to provide a more complete understanding of the processes involved in normal and abnormal human health and development across the lifespan. This work is of enormous social importance and spurs new research.