UK Biobank is working with a major study of parents and children in Bristol, called ALSPAC, to generate more information for health researchers.
Based at the University of Bristol, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children is also known as Children of the 90s and is a world-leading birth cohort study, charting the health of 14,500 families in the area.
Between April 1991 and December 1992 ALSPAC recruited more than 14,000 pregnant women and the children arising from the pregnancy and their partners have been followed up intensively for more than two decades.
This has helped with a wide range of studies into environmental and genetic factors that affect a person’s health and development. The study’s rationale and roll out are very similar to those of UK Biobank and it is likely that some of the ALSPAC parents are in UK Biobank.
UK Biobank hopes many of those mums and dads will agree to take part in our MR imaging project which kicks off in Bristol later in 2019. The brain, heart and bone images this generates will help the international researcher community using information from both studies – and provide another unique aspect to these two great studies.
Visit the ALSPAC website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/