Cross-study research: Opportunities, challenges and examples ShareThis


The aim of this workshop is to provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges inherent in cross-study research, with a particular focus on data harmonisation.

Event details

  • Date:

    Tuesday 16 October 2018

  • Time:

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Venue:

    Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL

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  • Speakers:

    Professor Rebecca Hardy

About the workshop

This October, we are hosting a one-day workshop focussing on the opportunities, and the challenges, that come with cross-study research. The event will look particularly at these issues in relation to data harmonisation and will be led by Professor Rebecca Hardy.

We are currently working to finalise the programme, however the day will be split into three sessions. The first of which will explore CLOSER’s own data harmonisation work with talks from two of our related research projects. This session will also include a practical exercise designed to help delegates understand the issues raised. The second session will feature talks from external cross-cohort initiatives and will provide insights into projects across multiple disciplines. The final session will focus on analytical approaches in cross-study research.

The workshop is hosted by the Data, Skills and Training Research Group in the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester.

Outline of the day

Please note this is still subject to change.

10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:30 Welcome and introduction to the workshop – Prof Rebecca Hardy, UCL

10:40 Session 1: CLOSER data harmonisation

  • Harmonisation of measures of childhood environment and adult mental wellbeing across three British birth cohorts – Dr Natasha Wood, CLOSER
  • Time trends and associations of visual outcomes with risk factors in early childhood: the challenges of harmonisation – Dr Vasiliki Bountziouka, UCL

11:40 Practical exercise led by Prof Rebecca Hardy

12:40 Lunch

13:30 Session 2: Cross-study research: examples

  • Title TBC – Prof Tarani Chandola, University of Manchester
  • Title TBC – Dr Graciela Muniz-Terrera, University of Edinburgh

15:00 Coffee break

15:20 Session 3

  • CLOSER: Our role and the resources we offer for cross-study research – Dr Dara O’Neill, CLOSER

15:40 Closing remarks

  • Key themes from the day and where to next – Prof Rebecca Hardy, UCL

16:00 End



If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jennie Blows (


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    Professor Rebecca Hardy,

    Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

    Rebecca is Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics and a programme leader at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL. Rebecca’s research investigates how risk factors from across the life course influence cardiovascular ageing and development of CVD. With a background in statistics, Rebecca is also interested in the methodology for the analysis of life course data and for cross-cohort comparisons. She has co-authored several of the key texts in life course epidemiology.