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Study Spotlight

Our Study Spotlight series showcases our partner studies and how to make the most of these world-class scientific assets through CLOSER’s research resources.

Each month, we’re turning the spotlight on a new theme and delving into the backgrounds of studies that share similar characteristics, such as their study sample, design, or topics of research interest. ‘Study Spotlight’ will illustrate how we can help you gain a deeper understanding of the longitudinal population studies in our partnership and utilise these on your research journey. Take a look below at the studies we’ve shined a light on so far this year.


We kicked off the series with a look at the two partner studies following the millennial generation – the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children and Next Steps:

  • ALSPAC and the millennial generation
    The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (also known as Children of the 90s) has followed the health and development of 14,500 women, their partners, and their children since 1992. 
  • Next Steps and the millennial generation
    Next Steps, formally known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, follows the lives of 16,000 people born in 1989-90 in England.

Spotlights on the ALSPAC and Next Steps logos


We showcased three of our partner studies that follow the UK’s ageing population in May – the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, the Hertfordshire Cohort Study, and the National Survey of Health and Development.

Spotlights on the ELSA, HCS & NSHD logos


On Twitter? Follow #StudySpotlight to keep up to date with the series throughout the year.