Longitudinal Studies: Maximising their value for ageing research

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Conference

July 21, 2015 - July 23, 2015

Longitudinal studies are ideal for analysing age-related changes, their lifetime determinants and consequences. This new Wellcome Trust conference will focus on the value of longitudinal studies in furthering knowledge about ageing: in particular functional change across life, its drivers and underlying pathways.

Registration Deadline: 23 June 2015

CLOSER is funding bursaries to assist early career researchers to attend. The Wellcome Trust website includes details of how to apply for a bursary.

The programme will showcase new findings and developments within cross cohort initiatives, centres of healthy ageing and longitudinal studies of ageing. We will discuss the impact of the environment on accelerating ageing or building resilience and promoting recovery. Identifying new approaches to achieve data harmonization across cohort consortia will also be highlighted.We aim to build capacity in investigators who will shape the future research agenda of life course and longitudinal studies of ageing and will convene a special session to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this area.

The meeting is aimed at population researchers, epidemiologists and researchers involved in ageing research, longitudinal studies and other relevant fields. We welcome the submission of abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Scientific sessions will include:

Conceptual frameworks for ageing research: building a consensus in the use of longitudinal studies
Understanding the natural history of physiological systems, reserve and compensation
Identifying drivers of functional ageing and disease development
What do ‘omics technologies add to longitudinal studies?
Integrated analysis of longitudinal studies
Understanding the impact of the environment and psychological and social resilience
The future agenda for longitudinal studies in ageing

Scientific programme committee

Rachel Cooper University College London, UK
Luigi Ferrucci National Institute on Ageing, NIH, USA
Scott Hofer University of Victoria, Canada
Diana Kuh MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, UK
P. Eline Slagboom Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Confirmed speakers

Avan Aihie Sayer MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and Southampton General Hospital, UK
Yoav Ben-Shlomo University of Bristol, UK
Carol Brayne University of Cambridge, UK
Dorly Deeg VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rebecca Hardy MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, UK
Debbie Lawlor University of Bristol, UK
Daniel Mroczek PsychologyNorthwestern University, USA
Anne Newman University of Pittsburgh, USA
Markus Perola University of Helsinki, Finland
Caroline Relton University of Newcastle, UK
Jennifer Schrack Johns Hopkins University, USA
Mario Siervo MRC Human Nutrition Research, UK
David Strachan St George’s University of London, UK
Graciela Muniz Terrera MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, UK