This workshop will focus on allostatic load and its importance and use within biosocial research.

The day will consist of presentations from speakers including; Professor Teresa Seeman (UCLA), Professor Meena Kumari (University of Essex) and Dr Milagros Ruiz (University of Essex).

Throughout the day, delegates will have opportunities to discuss the theoretical underpinnings and operationalisation of allostatic load as well as ideas for optimising the assessment of allostatic load in research studies.

The day will run from 10:00 – 15:30 with lunch and refreshments provided throughout the day.

This event is for members of staff at CLOSER’s partner organisations only.


Provisional programme

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and refreshments

10:30 – 11:00 Introductions

11:00 – 11:20 The importance of allostatic load in biosocial research by Professor Teresa Seeman (UCLA)

11:20 – 12:15 Allostatic Load: the current position on construction for use in research by Professor Teresa Seeman

12:15 – 12:30 Group discussion on the theoretical underpinnings of allostatic load and operationalisation

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch (provided)

13:15 – 14:15 Allostatic Load: Construction of allostatic load with data available in the CLOSER studies by Professor Meena Kumari (University of Essex) & Dr Milagros Ruiz (University of Essex)

14:15 – 14:30 Small group discussion on optimising each study to assess allostatic load. Which research questions can be addressed in CLOSER?

14:30 – 14:45 Refreshment break

14:45 – 15:30 Review of the day – creating a report of the state-of-the-art with respect to allostatic load. What do participants need in a ‘recommendations’ document for the creation of allostatic load in CLOSER?

15:30 End of the workshop



If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Jennie Blows