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VIRTUAL EVENT: Longitudinal biomedical studies, a social science view: Born in Bradford and TwinsUK

03 February 2021, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Father raising son in the air outside. Image: Dominika Roseclay via Pexels

This event is the first in a webinar series that explores longitudinal biomedical studies from a social science perspective. This webinar will feature study presentations about Born in Bradford and TwinsUK.

This event is free.

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Jennie Blows

In this webinar, Professor Rosie McEachan will introduce Born in Bradford, a study which tracks the health and wellbeing of over 13,500 children and their parents, born at the Bradford Royal Infirmary between March 2007 and December 2010.

The health of these children is tracked from pregnancy, through childhood and into adult life.

Dr Claire Steves will discuss TwinsUK, the UK’s only adult twin registry and the most clinically detailed in the world. The registry is comprised of 13,000 identical and non-identical twins from across the UK, aged between 16 and 98 years old, with the average age being 55.

The current research focuses on the genetics of complex disease, in particular, age-related diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and eye disease.

Last year, The Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement (CLOSER) welcomed 11 new longitudinal studies to their consortium, broadening the range of biomedical and social science disciplines represented. 

Together with the studies, they are working to help increase opportunities for interdisciplinary work across the longitudinal population research community. 

CLOSER webinar series

The CLOSER webinar series aims to highlight how social scientists can make the most of data collected from longitudinal biomedical studies. The series will showcase a number of biomedically-focused studies and will explore what they can offer social science research.

Over the next few months, CLOSER will host three 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 and a Q&A.


Image: Dominika Roseclay via Pexels

About the Speakers

Professor Rosie McEachan

Director of Born in Bradford

Rosie is an experienced applied health researcher. Her particular interests include: the development and evaluation of complex interventions, environmental determinants of health, green space, air quality, and co-production.

Dr Claire Steves

Clinical Senior Lecturer at King’s College London

Claire is also a Consultant Geriatrician at Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, as well as the Deputy Director (Clinical) for TwinsUK. Claire is interested in the interactions between physical and mental health in ageing.