Using biomarkers in social science research: Opportunities in birth cohort and longitudinal studies

31st March 2014 10:00 to 1st April 2014 12:30
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This event is for social scientists and aims to deepen their understanding of the uses of biomarkers - including genomic data - from birth cohort and longitudinal studies. It combines a conference on 31 March with a training workshop for data users on 1 April. 

Presentations on day one will cover key areas of social science-related research that are currently using these data, including the biological pathways underpinning inequalities in health, genetic variations underlying intelligence and educational attainment, and epigenetics.

The conference will be followed by a half day workshop on 1 April that will set out past and future collection of biomedical data in four studies:

  • Millennium Cohort Study
  • 1970 British Cohort Study
  • 1958 National Child Development Study
  • Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study

Download the speakers' presentations

Genetic variants based on educational attainment - Daniel Benjamin, Cornell University

Genetics and human intelligence - Ian Deary, University of Edinburgh

Session 2 discussion: Genetics and intelligence/educational attainment - Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge

Workshop presentations:

Millennium Cohort Study - Emla Fitzsimons, Centre for Longitudinal Studies 

1970 British Cohort Study - Alice Sullivan, Centre for Longitudinal Studies

1958 National Child Development Study - Alissa Goodman, Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Finding documentation and accessing data in the CLS studies - Alice Sullivan, Centre for Longitudinal Studies


Day one:

Woburn House Conference Centre
20 Tavistock Square

Day two:

Institute of Education
University of London
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Visit the IOE website for directions and travel advice.