Abstract. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) is an ongoing population-based prospective study on some 14,000 children. It was designed to investigate effects of a diverse array of influences on fetal and childhood development. It recently celebrated its 21 year anniversary and is known globally for the breadth and depth of its data collection. This includes repeated intra-individual measures of diet, exercise, education, social status, physical and mental health of parents and children. Biologic samples including placenta, blood, and saliva have been collected serially throughout childhood and have been successfully used for epigenetic, transcriptomic, metabolomic and genetic analyses. We present challenges and opportunities for conducting powerful longitudinal analyses that have the potential to rapidly and importantly inform social, health and education policy in the UK and abroad.
Location: TR3, Level 4, Herschel building
Date/Time: 10th May 2012, 11:00 - 12:00
Published: 3rd May 2012