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Video and slides available: Introducing longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective: Southampton Women’s Survey & the Hertfordshire Cohort Study

The third webinar in our series exploring longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective introduced the Southampton Women's Survey and the Hertfordshire Cohort Study. 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 the Southampton Women’s Survey

Prof Janis Baird introduced the Southampton Women’s Survey (SWS) – the only study in Europe in which the mothers were recruited before conception of their child. Between 1998 and 2002, 12,583 women were recruited from Southampton and surrounding areas. Subsequently, 3158 of these women were followed through pregnancy and delivered a liveborn child. These children form the child cohort in the SWS. The aim of the study is to assess the influence of maternal dietary, lifestyle, genetic and epigenetic factors on the children’s health and development, as well as on the health of the mothers.

Download the SWS presentation slides

Watch the introduction to the Hertfordshire Cohort Study

Prof Elaine Dennison explored the Hertfordshire Cohort Study (HCS) which comprises a nationally unique study of 3,000 men and women born during the period 1931-1939 and still resident in the English county of Hertfordshire during the 1990s. The principal objective of HCS is to evaluate the relationship between early growth, genetic influences, adult lifestyle and the risk of common age-related disorders such as osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Download the HCS presentation slides

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