Longitudinal Studies

30 May–1 June 2018

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


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.


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

The final
is available.

Organisers and 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

How to apply

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/


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


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.

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