Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Whitehall II Study 30th Anniversary Celebration Event

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Whitehall II Study. To celebrate the achievements of the past 30 years, a one-day celebration event was held at UCL on Wednesday 25th November 2015. Over 150 people attended including Whitehall researchers, collaborators and a representative group of participants from the Whitehall II cohort.

Event Programme (pdf)

Talk TitleSpeakerLinks to Talk
WelcomeProfessor Mika Kivimaki, UCLSlides Video
Funding Whitehall II StudyProfessor Jane Elliott, ESRCNo slides Video
Funding Whitehall II StudyDr Joe McNamara, MRCSlides Video
Funding Whitehall II StudyProfessor Jeremy Pearson, BHFSlides Video
History of the Whitehall II StudyProfessor Sir Michael Marmot, UCLSlides Video
Participants' perspectiveProfessor Anthea Tinker, KCLSlides Video
Genetics and drug developmentProfessor Aroon Hingorani, UCLSlides Video
Health and vascular ageingProfessor Eric Brunner, UCLSlides Video
IMPACT-BAM - population prediction model for CVD and dementiaDr Martin O'Flaherty, LiverpoolSlides Video
SES biologyProfessor Paolo Vineis, Imperial College LondonSlides Video
Biological responses to stress and cardiovascular diseaseProfessor Andrew Steptoe, UCLSlides Video
Cognitive ageing: does midlife matter?Professor Archana Singh-Manoux, UCLSlides Video
Risk, resilience and the brainProfessor Klaus Ebmeier, OxfordSlides Video
The Future of Whitehall IIProfessor Mika Kivimaki, UCLSlides Video

Participant Focus Group

Many thanks to all those participants who took part in the Focus Group following the 30th anniversary celebration. Your input is very valuable to us and will be used to help plan the next study phase.

  • A one day Stress and Health Study Participant Focus Group was held on 15 April 2016 at University College London (UCL). The purpose of this Focus Group was to gain feedback about the study from the Stress and Health study participants.
  • We invited a random sample of study participants. This sample included participants with different backgrounds living in various locations around the country. 11 participants attended the Focus Group.
  • An independent facilitator, Andrew Risner from Empowerment at Work,  was employed to run the day following our brief.
  • The Focus Group provided a range of important insights into the experience of study participants, which the independent facilitator summarised in a report. The Stress and Health Study will use the information in the report to help improve the study.