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Longitudinal News

The latest in longitudinal news, research and resources

Latest CLOSER news

Four new animations launched on the CLOSER Learning Hub

CLOSER has released a new series of animations introducing users to different statistical methods and methodological approaches for analysing data from longitudinal studies. The videos provide simple explanations of complex analysis techniques - regression analysis, multi-level and growth curve modelling, and survival analysis - supporting content in the Analysing longitudinal data module on the CLOSER Learning Hub.

Learn more and watch the animations on the CLOSER website

Catch up on the Understanding the pandemic blog series

In a new three-part blog series, Understanding Society highlight their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss initial findings from their COVID-19 survey. The first two blogs are out now with the third to come later this month.

Part 1: Surveying the population during lockdown

Michaela Benzeval, Jon Burton, and John Payne take a look at how the study adapted its data collection methods in the face of national lockdown. Read the full blog

Part 2: Looking at early research findings from COVID-19 data

Chris Coates, Research Impact and Project Manager explores the implications of initial findings from the Understanding Society COVID-19 survey, focusing on topics including the economic impact, mental health, home schooling, family life, and differences by ethnicity. Read the full blog

The COVID-19 pandemic: a life course perspective

CLOSER Director, Rebecca Hardy reflects on how a life course approach can aid understanding of the likely long-term impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, from mental health and obesity to economic and educational inequalities. Read the full blog

Longitudinal News to be sent every month

Please note that from February 2021, CLOSER's Longitudinal News e-newsletter will move to being published on a monthly basis.

Policy alerts

Areas of Research Interest and Rebuilding a Resilient Britain project

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee - Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living

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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 is currently available for researchers to download:
  • Fifth and sixth datasets from the Understanding Society COVID-19 survey
  • Second dataset from the 1958, 1970 and 2000-01 British birth cohorts and Next Steps COVID-19 survey
  • First dataset from the 1946 MRC National Survey of Health and Development COVID-19 survey
Read more about the latest COVID-19 data releases

COVID-19 Research and Evidence tracker hits 100+ publications

Since May, 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 inequalities, employment, the COVID-19 vaccine and mental health.
Explore the COVID-19 Research and Evidence Tracker

Explore COVID-19 survey data

Search over 1,900 COVID-19 questions and over 4,000 COVID-19 variables from
multiple UK longitudinal population studies in CLOSER Discovery.

Events and training

Metadata management in the real world:
Enhanced data services with structured metadata

24 February 2021 | 15:00 - 16:30 GMT
Organised by CLOSER

Handling missing data in the British cohort

1 March 2021 | 13:00 - 16:30 GMT
Organised by UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Longitudinal Studies
9-12 March 2021 | from 13:00 GMT each day
Organised by Wellcome Genome Campus

Changing Families
22 - 26 March | From 15:00 GMT each day
Organised by Understanding Society
Accessing and using 'real-world' study data:
A Stata-based introduction for newcomers to longitudinal data 

Course begins w/b 22 February 2021 | Live webinars on 24 February, 3 & 10 March from 12:00-13:00 GMT
Organised by CLOSER and the UK Data Service

Complex measures in online surveys: Challenges
and opportunities

Organised by GenPopWeb2 | From 26 February

Watch the latest CLOSER recording

Examining cognition within and across longitudinal studies: Introducing CLOSER's cognitive measures guide

Vanessa Moulton and Eoin McElroy showcase CLOSER's online data guide to the cognitive measures available in five British birth cohort studies.

New to longitudinal?

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

News from the CLOSER studies

10% of teenagers have tried hard drugs by age 17

New research from UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has used Millennium Cohort Study data to find that almost a third of 17-year-olds have tried cannabis and one in 10 have tried harder drugs, such as cocaine, with similar rates of experimentation regardless of parents’ education level. 
Read more on the CLS website

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids could help prevent asthma

New research using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) suggests a higher dietary intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in childhood may reduce the risk of developing subsequent asthma, but only in children carrying a common gene variant.
Read more on the ALSPAC website

Understanding Society launch 10th Insights report

Understanding Society has published its tenth Insights report celebrating 10 waves of data. The report covers six main topics including civic engagement, education and training, and health and health behaviours.
Read more on the Understanding Society website

Generation Scotland publish new CovidLife findings

Generation Scotland have published findings from two of their CovidLife sub-studies - TeenCovidLife and RuralCovidLife. Two reports from the second TeenCovidLife survey focus on young people's health and wellbeing, and school qualifications. The RuralCovidLife report explores the health and wellbeing of rural communities in Scotland during the pandemic.
Read the reports on the Generation Scotland website

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