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Videos and slides available: Introducing longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective – ALSPAC & Generation Scotland

The second webinar in our series exploring longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective focused on ALSPAC and Generation Scotland. Videos and presentation slides are available below.

About the webinar series

This ongoing CLOSER webinar series aims to showcase a range of biomedically-focused longitudinal studies, including our partner studies and a leading study of twins, to social science researchers who may be otherwise unfamiliar with the study data and what it can offer social science research. The series is designed to introduce researchers to new longitudinal studies that could be of use to them in their work.

Watch the introduction to ALSPAC

Prof Nic Timpson introduced ALSPAC, also known as Children of the 90s, a world-leading birth cohort study. Between April 1991 and December 1992 the study recruited more than 14,000 pregnant women and these women (some of whom had two pregnancies or multiple births during the recruitment period), the children arising from the pregnancy, and their partners have been followed up intensively over two decades.

ALSPAC is the most detailed study of its kind in the world, providing the international research community with a rich resource for the study of the environmental and genetic factors that affect a person’s health and development.

Download the ALSPAC presentation slides

Watch the introduction to Generation Scotland

Prof David Porteous and Dr Chloe Fawns-Ritchie explored Generation Scotland – a research study looking at the health and wellbeing of volunteers and their families.

The study combines responses to questionnaires of health and wellbeing from birth through life and these are linked to NHS health records and innovative laboratory science to understand health trajectories.

Download the Generation Scotland presentation slides

Other webinars in this series

Further information

If you have any questions, or require further information, please contact CLOSER Digital Communications and Events Manager, Jennie Blows (