Longitudinal Studies

30 May - 01 June 2018Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early Bird Deadline Closed
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    Longitudinal studies are ideal tools for studying age-related functional
    changes, and the development and progression of chronic diseases. This
    conference will bring together scientists working on studies in
    childhood, adult and late life to identify novel biomarkers of functional
    decline and development of disease susceptibility, and to understand the
    lifetime drivers and underlying pathways of these processes.

    The programme will showcase new findings, methods and technologies, and
    translational opportunities within and across cohort studies in high,
    middle and low income; countries. We will also explore how to change
    behaviours and look at how best to monitor trends in population health
    and ageing. We aim to build capacity in investigators who will shape the
    future research agenda of life course and longitudinal studies of human
    development and ageing and will convene a special session to discuss the
    opportunities and challenges in this area.

    The meeting is aimed at population scientists in epidemiology,
    biomedicine and the social sciences, involved in longitudinal research,
    longitudinal studies, genome biology, dynamic measures of physiology and
    other relevant fields.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday, 30 May and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 1 June 2018.

    Topics will include:

    • Physiological and molecular indicators of biological age
    • Human adaptations to environmental challenges across different time scales
    • The phenome
    • Lifetime exposures: improving assessment, detection of physiological consequences and targets for intervention across the life course
    • Studies in low and middle income countries
    • Identifying/establishing causality
    • Future models for longitudinal studies

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  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Luigi Ferrucci National Institutes of Health,
    Scott Hofer
    University of Victoria, Canada
    Diana Kuh
    University College London, UK
    Eline Slagboom
    Leiden University Medical Centre, The
    Yoav Ben-Shlomo
    University of Bristol, UK

    Keynote speaker
    Mathias Uhlén
    Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

    Confirmed speakers       
    Dorret Boomsma
    VU University Amsterdam, The
    Nish Chaturvedi 
    University College London, UK

    Rory Collins
    University of Oxford, UK
    Luigi Ferrucci National Institutes of Health,
    Rose Anne Kenny
    Trinity College Dublin, UK
    GV Krishnaveni Southampton University UK
    Deborah Lawlor University of Bristol, UK
    Morgan Levine
    Yale School of Medicine, USA
    Paul Matthews
    Imperial College London, UK
    Shane Norris University of the Witwatersrand, South
    Nancy Pedersen
    Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
    Dale Sandler National Institute of Environmental Health
    Sciences, USA
    Annemie Schols Maastricht University, The Netherlands

    Eline Slagboom Leiden University Medical Centre, The
    Nicholas Timpson University of Bristol, UK
    Jonathan Wells
    University College London, UK
    John Wright
    Bradford Institute for Health Research, UK

    Conference organiser
    Sue Taylor Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Early Bird
    (before 20 March)

    (after 21 March)
    Student No accommodation £127 £227
    Student On site twin accommodation £231 £331
    Student On site single accommodation £297 £397
    Academic No accommodation £227 £327
    Academic On site twin accommodation £331 £431
    Academic On site single accommodation £397 £497
    Commercial No accommodation £327 £427
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £431 £531
    Commercial On site single accommodation £497 £597

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadlines
    Early Bird registration: 20 March 2018*
    Standard registration: extended to 9 May 2018

    * By midnight UK time

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 30 and 31 May 2018. Please
    note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/

    Information for general visitors and business visitors: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting/business/business-activities/

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for early career
    researchers to attend this conference (up to 50% of the standard
    registration fee) from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • A justification letter from applicant
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

    Additional funding opportunities
    our Funding webpage
    for additional funding opportunities currently

  • Sponsors

    We would like to thank the following organisations for their support:


    If you are interested in supporting this event, please contact the
    conference organiser.