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05 June 2023
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Active Travel: evidence and insights from UK longitudinal population studies

CLOSER’s latest briefing note draws together research on active travel from multiple longitudinal population studies.

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31 May 2023
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Study Spotlight: MRC NSHD and the ageing population

In this Study Spotlight, we showcase the longest-running of the British birth cohort studies – the MRC National Survey of Health and Development – as we continue to showcase our partner studies that follow the UK’s ageing population. 

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Study Spotlight: ELSA, HCS & NSHD

Our latest Study Spotlight instalments showcase three of our partner studies that follow the UK's ageing population - the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, the Hertfordshire Cohort Study and the MRC National Survey of Health and Development.

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Cross-study data guide: Physical Activity

*Recently updated* Explore the measures used to assess diverse aspects of physical activity within and across six CLOSER partner studies

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Evidence submission: Learnings from COVID-19

View our response to the Science, Innovation and Technology Committee inquiry on learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Video and slides available: Introducing longitudinal population studies from a biomedical science perspective: 1958, 1970, 1989-90 and 2000-01 birth cohorts

07 Mar 2023

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Research spotlight

COVID-19 Research Tracker

Explore the longitudinal research published investigating both the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Britain's cultural and creative industries

n the latest Linking Our Lives podcast episode, Dr Orian Brook discusses her research using the ONS Longitudinal Study to investigate whether Britain’s cultural and creative industries are as open to all, as some say, or whether they remain dominated by the privileged few.

Home working didn't harm mental health in early stages of pandemic

Dr Jacques Wels shares his new research which found home working was not detrimental to mental health in the early stages of the pandemic, but was associated with negative effects later on. The research used data from seven UK longitudinal population studies

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