UCL cohorts, biobanks & big data

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The UCL cohorts, biobanks & big data event brought UCL researchers working on cohorts together with the aim of promoting connection, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

About the event

The principle aim of the event was to bring together UCL researchers at all career levels who work on cohorts to help promote connection, collaboration and knowledge sharing, whilst providing a showcase for UCL’s successful curation and interrogation of some of the UK’s largest cohorts.

The event began with an overview of innovations in cohort studies, exploring their past, present and future. This was followed by a ‘Question Time’ session which featured representatives from cohorts, biobanks and big data. Finally, attendees heard from some of the main funders of cohorts, biobanks and big data on the opportunities and challenges they face.

Professor Alison Park, Director of CLOSER discussed the changing face of cohort studies during the first session titled, Past, present and future: Innovation in cohort studies.

Other speakers taking part in the event included:

  • Professor Alissa Goodman, Professor of Economics, Principal Investigator of the 1958 National Child Development Study and Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at UCL Institute of Education
  • Helen Pearson, Chief Magazine Editor of Nature
  • Rebecca Fairbairn, Head of Longitudinal Studies at the Economic and Social Research Council

Click here to see the full programme.

About the organiser

The UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain brings together researchers and practitioners across UCL and beyond, to explore the factors that determine health and disease in populations, and to develop, test, and measure the impact of interventions and service improvement to enhance the health and wellbeing of the public, and reduce inequalities in health status.