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Families and Relationships in Four British Cohort Studies

11 July 2024

This webinar highlights some examples of research on families and relationships using the unique series of UK national cohort studies at the Centre for Longitudinal studies.


Private school education linked to better midlife health

19 June 2024

People who went to private school are more likely to be a healthy weight and have lower blood pressure in their mid-40s compared to their state school counterparts.

Generational health drift: perspectives, evidence, and consequences from the British birth cohorts

5 June 2024

Less than a week after the general election CLS hosted an event presenting the evidence on generational health drift. The event focused on data from the CLS cohorts, which provide a powerful tool to understand generational changes in health as well as inequalities in health.


Staying social helps people keep physically active in midlife

22 May 2024

People who remain members of clubs and societies throughout their lives tend to have a higher daily step count and exercise more in their mid-40s.

Introduction to geo-linking cohort and admin data to social and physical environmental data

16 May 2024

This workshop introduces participants to linking small-area level data on the local physical (air quality, greenspace etc) and social (access to services, deprivation) environment to cohort and administrative data.

Handling missing data in the 1970 British Cohort Study

21 March 2024

This webinar provides guidance on how to handle missing data in the 1970 British Cohort Study.

Cross-cohort comparative analysis in the British cohort studies: opportunities and challenges

21 March 2024

Comparative research initiatives are increasingly prominent components of health and social sciences, yet they require more specialised methods. This webinar discusses the challenges of cross-study comparative research and possible solutions.


Children of care leavers risk inheriting parents’ emotional scars

7 February 2024

The trauma associated with care experience casts a long shadow on mothers’ mental health and that of their children, finds new UCL research released today (7 February 2024).

Genetics and epigenetics data in the British cohort studies

23 December 2023

This webinar will highlight the genetic and epigenetic data available in our studies, and how to access them.

Examining ageing in the British cohort studies: measurement, research and access

21 December 2023

This webinar describes data on ageing and key life-course transitions using CLS cohort studies, and highlights future research opportunities.

Getting started: An introduction to four British cohort studies

11 October 2023

This 90-minute session gives first-time users an overview of the 1958, 1970, Next Steps and millennium cohort studies – unique data resources available for researchers across the biomedical and social sciences.

Introduction to longitudinal data: structure and visualisation

9 October 2023

An overview of the tools and strategies available to manage and visualise longitudinal cohort studies.

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