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ACTRI Creates Library of Datasets for Life Course Research


April 4, 2017—UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is pleased to announce a new resource for life course researchers: a website that describes a wide variety of longitudinal cohort datasets that are appropriate for life course research. The ACTRI Center for Life Course Research assembled the listing, which includes such diverse samples as the Danish National Birth Cohort, the UK Millennium Cohort Study, the 1934-66 Mysore Birth Records Cohort in South India, and the Black Women’s Health Study. Some cohorts span the lifetime, from prenatal to older ages, and some encompass more narrow specific periods such as childhood. Specific areas of focus include but are not limited to the study of physical activity, cognition, educational attainment, aging, and childhood cancer. Many cohorts have banked biospecimens available for assay.

“Many investigators throughout the world have collected broad-based longitudinal measures of health and disease through sensitive periods of growth and development across the lifespan. These datasets compose a rich resource for life course researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. We hope our comprehensive descriptions of each dataset with criteria for accession are a valuable tool for life course researchers, and we encourage investigators to nominate additional datasets for inclusion in the library,” said Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, director of the ACTRI Center for Life Course Research.

View the ACTRI Cohorts listing

For more information about Life Course Research, please contact Dr. Chambers.

Compiled by ACTRI Life Course postdoctoral scholar Gretchen Bandoli, PhD, the ACTRI Life Course Cohorts listing will be continually updated and expanded.

About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,500 members.