Introducing longitudinal population studies from a biomedical science perspective



Organised by:

CLOSER, UCL Social Research Institute


Prof Emla Fitszimons


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Jennie Blows

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Venue: Online


About the webinar series

In 2020, CLOSER welcomed 11 new longitudinal studies to our consortium, broadening the range of biomedical and social science disciplines represented within the group. But how can biomedical scientists make the most of longitudinal population studies and the data they collect?

This webinar series aims to showcase a number of longitudinal population studies to biomedical science researchers who may be otherwise unfamiliar with the study data, what it can offer for biomedical research, and data access arrangements. The series is designed to introduce researchers to new studies that could be of use to them in their longitudinal research and investigations.

Over the coming months, CLOSER will host a series of hour-long webinars giving participants the opportunity to learn about two different studies. Each study presentation will cover:

  • An overview of the study
  • What data has been collected
  • How to access the data
  • Research case studies
  • Q&A

Upcoming webinar: 1958, 1970, 2000-1 British birth cohorts and Next Steps

The next webinar in this series will focus on four longitudinal population studies managed by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

Join speakers – Dr Morag Henderson and Dr Vanessa Moulton – as they showcase the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, the Millennium Cohort Study and Next Steps from a biomedical science perspective. Learn more about these studies, what biomedical data are collected, how to access the data, and case studies to help inspire your research.

About the studies

The 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) follows 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in single week of 1958. NCDS has become an invaluable data source on such topics as the effects of socioeconomic circumstances, and child adversities on health, and social mobility. It has also become an important resource for the study of genetics.

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) follows around 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970. Over the course of cohort members’ lives, BCS70 has collected information on health, physical, educational and social development, and economic circumstances among other factors. BCS70 has become a vital source of evidence on key policy areas such as social mobility, education, training and employment, and economic insecurity.

The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) follows around 19,000 young people born across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2000-02. The MCS provides multiple measures of the cohort members’ physical, socio-emotional, cognitive and behavioural development over time, as well as detailed information on their daily life, behaviour and experiences.

Next Steps, previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE), follows the lives of around 16,000 people in England born in 1989-90. The study has collected information about cohort members’ education and employment, economic circumstances, family life, physical and emotional health and wellbeing, social participation and attitudes.



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Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis

Related publications and presentations:

Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis
Longitudinal Data Analysis

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