Introducing longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective: Southampton Women’s Survey & the Hertfordshire Cohort Study ShareThis


The third webinar in our series exploring longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective will introduce the Southampton Women's Survey and the Hertfordshire Cohort Study

Event details

  • Date:

    Tuesday 13 July 2021

  • Time:

    12:00 - 13:00

  • Venue:

    Online via Zoom

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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 social scientists can make the most of data collected from longitudinal biomedical studies.

This ongoing webinar series aims to 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

Videos and presentation slides are available from previous webinars in this series which has featured the following longitudinal studies: Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and ChildrenBorn in BradfordGeneration Scotland, and TwinsUK.

Southampton Women’s Survey & the Hertfordshire Cohort Study

Tuesday 13 July 2021, 12:00 – 13:00 BST
Speakers: Prof Janis Baird and Prof Elaine Dennison (University of Southampton)

The third webinar in the series will showcase the Southampton Women’s Survey (SWS) and the Hertfordshire Cohort Study (HCS).

Prof Janis Baird will introduce SWS – the only study in Europe in which the mothers were recruited before conception of their child. Between 1998 and 2002, 12,583 women were recruited from Southampton and surrounding areas. Subsequently, 3158 of these women were followed through pregnancy and delivered a liveborn child. These children form the child cohort in the SWS. The aim of the study is to assess the influence of maternal dietary, lifestyle, genetic and epigenetic factors on the children’s health and development, as well as on the health of the mothers.

Prof Elaine Dennison will explore HCS which comprises a nationally unique study of 3,000 men and women born during the period 1931-1939 and still resident in the English county of Hertfordshire during the 1990s. The principal objective of the study is to evaluate the relationship between early growth, genetic influences, adult lifestyle and the risk of common age-related disorders such as osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

The studies are both run by the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton.

Registration and accessing the webinar

This webinar will be delivered via Zoom. Instructions for how to access the webinar will be sent to all registered guests prior to each session.

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