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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

Part of our series exploring social science-focused longitudinal population studies from a biomedical research perspective, this webinar showcased the 1958, 1970, 1989-90 and 2000-01 birth cohort studies.

About the webinar series

This webinar series aims to showcase several 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.

Each study presentation covers an overview of the study, what data has been collected, how to access the data, and research case studies.

Watch the introduction to the 1958, 1970, 1989-90 & 2000-1 birth cohorts

Dr Morag Henderson and Dr Vanessa Moulton showcase the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study, the Millennium Cohort Study and Next Steps from a biomedical science perspective.

Download the 1958, 1970, 1989-90 & 2000-01 birth cohort introduction slides

About the studies

The 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) follows 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week in 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 in 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.

Related webinars

In 2021-22, CLOSER ran a related webinar series introducing biomedical-focused longitudinal population studies from a social science perspective. The series introduced the following studies:

Further information

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