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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.


In October,we head over the border once more to explore CLOSER’s other Scottish partner study – Generation Scotland.

  • Generation Scotland
    Generation Scotland is a Scotland-wide family-based study following over 24,000 people from around 7,000 families from childhood to old age. 

Spotlight shines on the Generation Scotland logo


This month we went ‘back to school’ and focused on one of our partner studies following children and young people – Growing Up in Scotland.

  • Growing Up in Scotland
    Launched in 2005, Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) follows the lives of around 14,000 children and their families from the early years, through childhood and beyond.

Spotlight shines on the GUS logo


This month, we featured two of our partner studies with distinctive study designs – Understanding Society and the ONS Longitudinal Study.

Spotlights shine on the Understanding Society and ONS Longitudinal Study logos


We featured the three British birth cohorts in our partnership managed by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies this month – the Millennium Cohort Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study and the 1958 National Child Development Study.

  • MCS and the British birth cohorts
    The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) follows the lives of around 19,000 young people born across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2000-02.
  • BCS70 and the British birth cohorts
    The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) follows the lives of around 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in the same, single week of 1970.
  • NCDS and the British birth cohorts
    The 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) is following the lives of an initial 17,415 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1958.

Spotlights on the MCS, BCS70 & NCDS 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


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


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