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UCL cohorts, biobanks & big data

UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 1:15 PM to 6:30 PM (GMT)

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UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

UCL cohorts, biobanks and big data

Wednesday 22 March 2017


Registration for the UCL cohorts, biobanks and big data event has now closed.

If you have not been able to secure a ticket in advance, it may still be worth coming to the venue on the day, as you may be able to gain entrance to the event if there are people who do not show up. Whilst it is likely that there will be 'no shows', there is obviously no way of us knowing for sure, so we are not able guarantee you admittance on the day.



The principle aim of this event is to bring together UCL researchers at all career levels who work on cohorts to help promote connection, collaboration and knowledge sharing, whilst providing a showcase for UCL's successful curation and interrogation of some of the UK's largest cohorts. 

Event format

As you will see from the programme below, the event will begin with an overview of the innovations in cohort studies, exploring their past, present and future. This will be followed by a 'Question Time' session, which will bring together representatives from cohorts, biobanks and big data. Finally, attendees will hear from some of the main funders of cohorts, biobanks and big data on the opportunities and challenges they face. 



Registration and welcome refreshments 


Welcome and introduction

Professor Michael Arthur

UCL President & Provost


Past, present and future: Innovation in cohort studies

Chair: Professor Aroon Hingorani

Director, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science, and Professor of Genetic Epidemiology


Helen Pearson

Chief Magazine Editor, Nature

- The Life Project: How the British birth cohorts inspired a book


Professor Alison Park

Director, CLOSER (Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources), UCL Institute of Education

- The changing face of cohort studies - from punch cards to pcs


Professor Nishi Chaturvedi

Principal Investigator, Southall and Brent Revisited (SABRE), and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science

Precision medicine needs precision phenotyping


Professor Ruth Gilbert

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, and Deputy Director, Administrative Data Research Centre England, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

- Harnessing data about public services


Professor Caroline Sabin

UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

- Tapping into the potential of clinic and surveillance databases for HIV research

3.15-3.40pm Networking break

‘Question Time’: Making the case for cohorts, biobanks and big data

Chair: Professor David Lomas

UCL Vice-Provost (Health)


Professor Alissa Goodman

Professor of Economics, Principal Investigator of NCDS (1958 cohort) and Director, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education


Professor Sir Rory Collins FRS

Head of Nuffield Department of Population Health and BHF Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Oxford University


Professor Harry Hemingway

Director of The Farr Institute, London, and Director of the UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Panel and participant discussion


Opportunities and challenges for investment in cohorts, biobanks and big data

Chair: Professor Graham J. Hart

Dean, UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences


Medical Research Council (MRC)

Dr Joe McNamara, Head of Population Health


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Rebecca Fairbairn, Head of Longitudinal Studies


British Heart Foundation (BHF)

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director (Research)


Wellcome Trust

Erica Pufall, Portfolio Adviser, Population Health 


Panel and participant discussion


Round-up and closing remarks

Professor Dame Anne Johnson

Chair, UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

5.30-6.30pm Networking drinks reception
6.30pm Close


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Have questions about UCL cohorts, biobanks & big data? Contact UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

When & Where

UCL Main Quad Pavilion
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 1:15 PM to 6:30 PM (GMT)

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UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

The UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain brings together researchers and practitioners across UCL and beyond, to explore the factors that determine health and disease in populations, and to develop, test, and measure the impact of interventions and service improvement to enhance the health and wellbeing of the public, and reduce inequalities in health status.

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