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Preparing for the future III: tackling key challenges facing longitudinal population studies in a post-COVID world

18 - 20 January 2022 | Online conference

CLOSER's third collaborative conference will take place online over three days in January 2021. Delegates will have the opportunity to share learning and best practice to identify practical solutions to key challenges in areas covering the impact of COVID-19 on longitudinal population studies (LPS), influencing policy, data linkage, new forms of data collection, and participant engagement, public engagement and attitudes to data sharing.

We are currently inviting abstract submissions from UK and international LPS teams wishing to contribute and share their exemplary work in these areas. The call for abstracts closes on 31 August 2021.
Read more about the conference

New cognitive content added to CLOSER's cross-study data guide

A new interactive overview of the within- and between-study coverage of cognitive constructs across five British birth cohorts has been added to CLOSER’s cognitive measures cross-study data guide. 

This new section of the resource offers researchers novel support for identifying and evaluating comparability in measures of cognition collected by the 1946, 1958, 1970, 2000-01 British birth cohorts and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).
Read more on the CLOSER website

Register for CLOSER webinar introducing Southampton Women's Survey and the Hertforshire Cohort Study

Registration is now open for the next webinar in CLOSER's series introducing longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective. In this hour-long session, taking place on 13 July 2021, delegates will learn about the Southampton Women's Survey and the Hertfordshire Cohort Study including information on the data collected, data access arrangements, and case studies of recent exemplary research. 
Book your place on the CLOSER website

Watch videos from Learning from longitudinal studies in low- and middle-income countries conference

Videos and presentation slides are now available from the recent conference on learning from longitudinal studies in low- and middle-income countries co-organised by CLOSER, Young Lives and Lancaster University Management School. Watch the videos on the CLOSER website

Search data from our studies 

Use CLOSER Discovery to search and browse questions and data from leading UK longitudinal studies.

CLOSER COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub

Our COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub showcases the latest information and developments from across the longitudinal research community, all in one place. 
Visit the COVID-19 Longitudinal Research Hub

Latest COVID-19 data releases

Data from the following COVID-19 surveys has recently been made available for researchers to download:
  • Wave 3 of the COVID-19 Survey in Five National Longitudinal Studies 
  • Wave 8 of the Understanding Society COVID-19 survey
Learn more about COVID-19 data releases

COVID-19 Research Tracker hits 230+ publications

Since May 2020, we've been tracking the COVID-19 research from the UK longitudinal population studies.

There's now a wealth of evidence available covering a wide range of topics including mental health, inequalities, employment, and vaccines. 
Explore the COVID-19 Research and Evidence Tracker

 Icons depicting surveys and finding dataExplore COVID-19 survey data

Search over 2,600 COVID-19 questions and over 9,300 COVID-19 variables from multiple UK longitudinal population studies in CLOSER Discovery.

Events and training

Introducing longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective: Southampton Women's Survey & the Hertfordshire Cohort Study
13 July 2021 | 12:00-13:00 BST
Organised by CLOSER

Visit the CLOSER website for full event listings
Identity and Transformation: Studying Lives in Times of Social Change
20 - 22 September 2021 | See programme for timings
Organised by Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS)

New to longitudinal?

Visit the CLOSER Learning Hub, an educational resource to help you learn more about longitudinal studies.

News from the CLOSER studies

Older adults with multiple medical issues worse affected by cancelled operations

One in eight adults over 50 had a hospital operation or treatment cancelled last year and this rose to one in five for those with two or more existing medical conditions, according to new longitudinal research using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Read more on the UCL website

Greater loneliness in young people during lockdown

The latest findings from Generation Scotland's TeenCovidLife survey suggests young people age 12-17 were lonelier than adults in the CovidLife project at all stages of the pandemic. The analysis found that for both adults and young people, loneliness peaked during the first lockdown but young people showed a greater increase in loneliness during this time.
Read more on the Generation Scotland website


Poor sleep linked to dementia

New research using longitudinal data from the Whitehall II study suggests people in their 50s and 60s getting six hours of sleep or less were at greater risk of developing dementia in old age. These findings, published in Nature Communications, support the hypothesis that short sleep might contribute to dementia risk.
Read the paper on the journal website


GCSE results linked to child's enjoyment of school at age six

New longitudinal research using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children suggests a child's enjoyment of school at six years old is linked to their GCSE results at age 16. This research was published in the latest edition of Science of Learning. Read more on the ALSPAC website

Survey on the content and design of an Early Life Cohort Feasibility study for the UK

The UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) are seeking your input into the design and content of a new study, testing the feasibility of a new birth cohort study for the UK. The feasibility study is led by Professors Pasco Fearon, Alissa Goodman, and Lisa Calderwood, in collaboration with an experienced group of co-investigators from across the UK. The deadline for submissions is 2 July 2021.
Read more and take part in the consultation

New episode of Linking our Lives podcast series out now

In the second episode of the podcast series, Linking our Lives: England and Wales since 1971, Rich Pereira, Director of Ageing and Demography at the Office for National Statistics explains why, when it comes to data sources, the ONS Longitudinal Study is regarded as ONS' jewel in the crown.
Listen to the podcast on the UCL website

Top Tips for using Understanding Society

Understanding Society's User Support team have put together Top Tips for using Understanding Society to help beginners make the most of the study data. You can find all the tips on this Twitter thread or you can watch this video, which shows you all the resources available to help researchers make the best use of the dataset.

CLS's Prof Alissa Goodman awarded CBE in Queen’s birthday honours

Professor Alissa Goodman, Director of CLS, has been awarded a CBE for her services to social science in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021.
Read more on the CLS website

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