Consultation on the content and design of an Early Life Cohort Feasibility study for the UK

10 Jun 2021

This is a consultation organised by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. We are seeking your input into the scientific direction and design of a new study, testing the feasibility of a new birth cohort study for the UK.

The feasibility study is led by Professors Pasco Fearon, Alissa Goodman, and Lisa Calderwood, in collaboration with an experienced group of co-investigators from across the UK.

Consultation details

The discussion in the morning will include break-out into scientific working groups. We would value your input in the scientific themes corresponding to your expertise. You will be asked to choose which two scientific themes you will join, when you register for the meeting.

In the afternoon, we will break-out into working groups again, this time about ensuring an inclusive cohort, and you will be asked to select one working group when you register. The afternoon will also entail plenary discussion on key features of the study design.

Outline of the agenda

Part 1 Scientific purpose
09:15 – 09:20 – Welcome and housekeeping (use main room link)
09:20 – 09:25 – Introduction from Matthew Neale, ESRC
09:25 – 09:40 – Welcome talk by Pasco Fearon

09:45 – 10:45 – Scientific parallel session 1
A. Cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants
B. Infant-parent relationships, and the early home environment
C. Infant health, including growth, nutrition and sleep
D. Mental health of parents and the developing child
E. Social, environmental and neighbourhood influences on infant and family
F. Inequality, disadvantage, and social mobility in the new cohort
G. Genomics, early adversity and biological embedding of stress

10:45 – 11:00 – Refreshment break
11:00 – 12:00 – Scientific parallel session 2

Part 2 : Creating an inclusive cohort, and study design
14:00 – 14:15 – Welcome talk by Alissa Goodman (use main room link)
14:15 – 15:15 – Creating an inclusive cohort parallel session
A. Ethnic diversity and immigrant families
B. Fathers and partners
C. Vulnerable children, including born into care
D. Diverse families
E. Pre-term, and sick neo-nates

15:15 – 15:30 – Refreshment break
15:30 – 16:15 – Wrap up discussion led by Lisa Calderwood (use main room link)


The event took place on Microsoft Teams.

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