Longitudinal Studies (Virtual Conference)

9–12 March 2021

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Highlighting world leading research using longitudinal studies


Due to the evolving situation with Covid-19, this meeting was postponed from 20-22 April 2020 and will now be held as a virtual conference.

Longitudinal studies are ideal tools for studying many things including 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, contemporary approaches and translational opportunities within and across cohort studies in high, middle and low income countries. This year’s meeting will also explore LPS solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 1 pm (GMT) on Tuesday 9 March and close at approximately 6 pm on Friday 12 March 2021. All times are given in Greewich Mean Time. See the time where you are here.

Topics will include:

  • LPS Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Molecular Markers and Prediction
  • Longitudinal Studies in LMIC countries
  • Contemporary Approaches to LPS
  • Frailty
  • Translation of Longitudinal Studies

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Rebecca Hardy

Rose Anne Kenny
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Eline Slagboom
Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Nicholas Timpson
University of Bristol, UK

Keynote speakers

Mia Crampin
LSHTM, Malawi

Andrew Roddam
Early Disease Detection Research Project, UK

Claire Steves
King's College London, UK

Confirmed speakers

Naomi Allen – University of Oxford, UK
Dorret Boomsma – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nishi Chaturvedi – UCL, UK
Xinxin Chen – Peking University, China
Joris Deelen – Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany
Darragh Duffy – Institut Pasteur, France
Michael Inouye – University of Cambridge, UK
Vittal Katikireddi – University of Glasgow, UK
Rachel Kelly – Harvard Medical School, USA
Jinkook Lee – University of Southern California, USA
Nicholas Rattray – University of Strathclyde, UK
Roman Romero-Ortuno – Trinity College, Ireland
Camilla Stoltenberg – Norwegian Institut of Public Health, Norway
David van Heel – East London Genes and Health, UK


Conference organiser

Nicole Schatlowski, Senior Scientific Programme Officer
Amanda Fletcher, Conference & Events Organiser


Virtual conference rate  
Student 50£
Delegates from LMICs* 50£
Academic 100£
Commercial 150£

The virtual registration package includes: Access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.

* To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here)

Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Monday before the event.


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 conference.

Abstract deadline: 26 January 2021

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