Longitudinal studies are ideal for analysing age-related changes, their lifetime determinants and consequences. This new Wellcome Trust conference will focus on the value of longitudinal studies in furthering knowledge about ageing: in particular functional change across life, its drivers and underlying pathways
The programme will showcase new findings and developments within cross cohort initiatives, centres of healthy ageing and longitudinal studies of ageing. We will discuss the impact of the environment on accelerating ageing or building resilience and promoting recovery. Identifying new approaches to achieve data harmonization across cohort consortia will also be highlighted. We aim to build capacity in investigators who will shape the future research agenda of life course and longitudinal studies of ageing and will convene a special session to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this area.
The meeting is aimed at population researchers, epidemiologists and researchers involved in ageing research, longitudinal studies and other relevant fields. We welcome the submission of abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.
Please Note: To facilitate a highly interactive conference, the number of places available will be limited to 150 participants; therefore, early registration is recommended.
Scientific sessions will include:
Conceptual frameworks for ageing research: building a consensus in the use of longitudinal studies
Understanding the natural history of physiological systems, reserve and compensation
Identifying drivers of functional ageing and disease development
What do ‘omics technologies add to longitudinal studies?
Integrated analysis of longitudinal studies
Understanding the impact of the environment and psychological and social resilience
The future agenda for longitudinal studies in ageing
Scientific programme committee
Rachel Cooper MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, UK
Luigi Ferrucci National Institute on Ageing, NIH, USA
Scott Hofer University of Victoria, Canada
Diana Kuh MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, UK
P. Eline Slagboom Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Avan Aihie Sayer MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit and Southampton General Hospital, UK
Yoav Ben-Shlomo University of Bristol, UK
Carol Brayne University of Cambridge, UK
Dorly Deeg VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ian Jeffery University College Cork, Ireland
Rebecca Hardy MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, UK
Debbie Lawlor University of Bristol, UK
Cindy Bergeman University of Notre Dame, USA
Daniel Mroczek Northwestern University, USA
Anne Newman University of Pittsburgh, USA
Markus Perola University of Helsinki, Finland
Caroline Relton University of Bristol, UK
Jennifer Schrack Johns Hopkins University, USA
Mario Siervo Newcastle University, UK
David Strachan St George’s University of London, UK
Graciela MunizTerrera MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, UK
The conference will being with registration from ~11.30, with presentations starting ~13.00, on Tuesday 21 July. The conference will close ~13:30 on Thursday 23 July 2015.
A draft programme is available.