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GDPR: Historical ledger records from HCS
GDPR: protection or peril for research in the public interest?

GDPR protects the use of data for research. But what if organisations begin destroying precious data resources before their research value is even known?

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Discover the future

The discoverability of data collected by the UK’s longitudinal studies has come a long way since 2015, argues CLOSER’s Senior Metadata Officer Hayley Mills, who charts the past, present and future of finding study data.

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On alcohol consumption across the life-course and risk of cardiovascular disease: Lessons learned

Dara O’Neill, Steven Bell & Annie Britton discuss their new research looking at alcohol consumption over the lifecourse and the risk of CVD.

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We all see the value in combining social and biomedical data collection, so let’s ensure we can do it effectively.

We need to share expertise and learning across the social and biomedical sciences – on both scientific opportunities and operational challenges – to unlock the huge potential of combining social and biomedical data, argues Matt Brown.

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Cross-study comparisons: The value and challenges of data harmonisation

CLOSER Director, Professor Alison Park, reflects on the 2017 Longitudinal Studies Review and argues that work led by CLOSER to enhance these world-class studies by improving their comparability will be vital to their future sustainability.

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What have longitudinal studies ever done for us? A beginner’s guide is here

Director of CLOSER, Professor Alison Park introduces our new teaching resource, the CLOSER Learning Hub, an accessible beginner’s guide for those who are new to longitudinal studies.

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How longitudinal research can help get to the heart of ‘wicked problems’

Society today is facing a number of multifactorial problems with no one single cause and no simple solution. That’s why on 28 June, we are bringing together a panel of leading scientists to talk about their studies and how longitudinal research can help get to the heart of ‘wicked’ problems.

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Blog: A misspent youth? How new technology is shedding light on what teenagers do all day

To coincide with the new MCS time use diary and accelerometer data release, Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) Survey Manager, Dr Emily Gilbert discusses how the use of new technology has enabled CLS to gain new insights into the lives of the millennial generation.

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Tackling mental health problems in children and young people – the importance of early intervention

To coincide with mental health awareness week, Rob Davies, discusses the latest longitudinal evidence on young people’s mental health and the vital importance of the early years and early intervention.

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Just how good are academy schools?

Research on the performance of academy schools has been made a whole lot easier, writes Dr Bilal Nasim, Research Officer at the UCL Institute of Education.

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