Institute of Digital Health


UCL cohorts, biobanks & big data

Start: Mar 20, 2017 01:15 AM
End: Mar 20, 2017 06:30 AM

Location: UCL Main Quad Pavilion

The principle aim of this event is 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. 

As you will see from the draft programme below, the event will begin with an overview of the innovations in cohort studies, exploring their past, present and future. This will be followed by a 'Question Time' session, which will bring together representatives from cohorts, biobanks and big data. Finally, attendees will hear from some of the main funders of cohorts, biobanks and big data on the opportunities and challenges they face. 

Draft programme:

1.15-1.45pm Registration and welcome refreshments 

Welcome and introduction

Professor Michael Arthur

UCL President & Provost


Past, present and future: Innovation in cohort studies

Chair: Professor Graham J. Hart

Dean, UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences


Helen Pearson

Chief Magazine Editor, Nature

- The Life Project: How the British birth cohorts inspired a book


Professor Alissa Goodman

Director, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education, and Principal Investigator, 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS)

- Recruitment, retention and use of technology


Professor Nishi Chaturvedi

Principal Investigator, Southall and Brent Revisited (SABRE), and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science

- Phenotyping


Professor Ruth Gilbert

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, and Deputy Director, Administrative Data Research Centre England, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

- Harnessing data about public services


Professor Caroline Sabin

UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

- Disease cohorts and registries

3.15-3.40pm Networking break

‘Question Time’: Making the case for cohorts, biobanks and big data

Chair: Professor David Lomas

UCL Vice-Provost (Health)

  Speaker TBC

Professor Sir Rory Collins FRS

Head of Nuffield Department of Population Health and BHF Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Oxford University


Professor Harry Hemingway

Director of The Farr Institute, London, and Director of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics

  Panel and participant discussion

Opportunities and challenges for investment in cohorts, biobanks and big data

Chair: TBC


Medical Research Council (MRC)

Dr Joe McNamara, Head of Population Health


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Rebecca Fairbairn, Head of Longitudinal Studies


British Heart Foundation (BHF)

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director (Research)


Wellcome Trust

Dr Mary De Silva, Head of Population, Environment and Health

  Panel and participant discussion

Round-up and closing remarks

Professor Dame Anne Johnson

Chair, UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

5.30-6.30pm Networking drinks reception
6.30pm Close

Register online

Have questions about UCL cohorts, biobanks & big data? Contact UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain