Slides available: Introducing longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective – ALSPAC & Generation Scotland ShareThis


The second in our webinar series exploring longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective will focus on ALSPAC and Generation Scotland.

About the webinar series

Last year, CLOSER welcomed 11 new longitudinal studies to our consortium, broadening the range of biomedical and social science disciplines represented. Together with the studies, we’re working to help increase opportunities for interdisciplinary work across the longitudinal population research community. This webinar series aims to highlight how can social scientists make the most of data collected from longitudinal biomedical studies.

Our upcoming webinar series will showcase a number of biomedically-focused longitudinal studies, including CLOSER 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.

Over the next few months, CLOSER will host a series of hour-long webinars, with each one providing the opportunity to learn about two biomedical studies. Each study presentation will cover:

  • An introduction to the study
  • An overview of data collected
  • How to access the data
  • Research case studies
  • Q&A

The first webinar, held in February 2021, featured presentations on Born in Bradford and TwinsUK.

Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children & Generation Scotland

The second webinar in the series showcased the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) & Generation Scotland.

Prof Nic Timpson and Lynn Molloy introduced ALSPAC, also known as Children of the 90s, a world-leading birth cohort study. Between April 1991 and December 1992 the study recruited more than 14,000 pregnant women and these women (some of whom had two pregnancies or multiple births during the recruitment period), the children arising from the pregnancy, and their partners have been followed up intensively over two decades.

ALSPAC is the most detailed study of its kind in the world, providing the international research community with a rich resource for the study of the environmental and genetic factors that affect a person’s health and development.

Download the ALSPAC presentation slides

Prof David Porteous and Chloe Fawns-Ritchie explored Generation Scotland – a research study looking at the health and wellbeing of volunteers and their families.

The study combines responses to questionnaires of health and wellbeing from birth through life and these are linked to NHS health records and innovative laboratory science to understand health trajectories.

Download the Generation Scotland presentation slides

Further information

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