Videos and slides available: Introducing longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective – Born in Bradford and TwinsUK ShareThis


The first in our webinar series exploring longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective featured Born in Bradford (Prof Rosie McEachan) and TwinsUK (Dr Claire Steves).

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 showcases 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 three 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

Born in Bradford and TwinsUK

The first webinar in the series showcased Born in Bradford and TwinsUK. Recordings of each talk are available below.

Watch the introduction to Born in Bradford

Prof Rosie McEachan introduced Born in Bradford, which tracks the health and wellbeing of over 13,500 children, and their parents, born at the Bradford Royal Infirmary between March 2007 and December 2010. The health of these children is being tracked from pregnancy through childhood and into adult life.

In her presentation, Prof McEachan gave an overview of the questionnaire, biobank and routine data available to researchers, and explored a number of case studies focused on how these different data sources have been used to examine ethnic differences in perinatal mental health treatment and impacts of green space on health and wellbeing.

Download Rosie’s presentation slides

Watch the introduction to TwinsUK

Dr Claire Steves discussed TwinsUK which is the UK’s only adult twin registry and the most clinically detailed in the world. The registry is comprised of 13,000 identical and non-identical twins from across the UK and with aged between 16 and 98 years old, with the average age being 55. The current research focuses on the genetics of complex disease, in particular age-related diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and eye disease.

Further information

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