Past workshops


Early life interventions and intergenerational mobility

Friday 28th October 2011, 9.30am - 6.00pm

Venue: The Boardroom, BIPA,  2 Priory Road, University of Bristol

Conference organisers: Sonia Bhalotra and Paul Gregg

Conference programme (pdf, 110kB)


This conference was funded by the ESRC Large Grant – An Examination of the Impact of Family Socio-economic Status on Outcomes in Late Childhood and Adolescence

For more information please contact Charlotte Lewis
Tel: +44 (0)117 3310799

Recent Developments in Observational Epidemiology using Mendelian Randomisation

Thursday 26 May 2011, 10:30-5pm

Venue: Royal Statistical Society headquarters, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX

Mendelian randomisation involves using genetic variants that are known to be reliably associated with modifiable risk factors to estimate the causal effects of these risk factors. The last ten years has seen an explosion in the number of published Mendelian randomisation studies, most of which rely on instrumental variable techniques from econometrics. The aim of this meeting was to highlight recent developments from biostatistics, epidemiology and econometrics, and the impact that these will have on future Mendelian randomisation stuides.  An extremely full day comprised six presentations from prominent workers in the field. The meeting concluded with a panel discussion in which matters raised during the day were discussed and questions were taken from the floor.

The meeting was sponsored by the ESRC-funded project “Impact of Family Socio-economic Status on Outcomes in Childhood & Adolescence”; the MRC-funded project “Inferring Epidemiological Causality using Mendelian Randomization"; and the MRC Centre for Causal Analysis in Translational Epidemiology at the University of Bristol.

The speakers were: Debbie A Lawlor (MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol), Vanessa Didelez (Department of Mathematics, University of Bristol), Jack Bowden (MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge), Stephen Burgess (MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge), Tom Palmer (MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, University of Bristol), George Davey Smith (MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, Univ of Bristol)

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Inequalities in Childhood and Adolescent Health

Thursday 14 April 2011

Venue: Burwalls conference centre, University of Bristol

Conference organisers: Professor Debbie A. Lawlor and Professor Carol Propper

This workshop was aimed at academics, population health practitioners and policy makers who are interested in understanding and reducing health inequalities in children and adolescents. It presented both methodological research, concerned with developments aimed to better understand causal effects and possible biases in inequalities research and applied research concerned with recent evidence on inequalities in health in children and adolescents and policy implications of these.

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Showcasing ALSPAC as a Resource for Social and Health Researchers

Monday 4 April 2011, 2-5pm

Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol St, London EC1Y 8LX

The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents & Children (ALSPAC) has been running since 1991 and has resulted in a rich data set of biomedical and social measurements on children and their carers.  While there has already been much high profile research based on ALSPAC, efforts have recently been made to increase awareness of these data among the wider research community.  The aim of this meeting was to showcase the ALSPAC data and its potential for answering research questions concerning health and social factors.  The four presentations covered the following issues: the ALSPAC data and its linkage to important administrative data sources; factors affecting the relationship between gestational weight gain and the health of mothers and their offspring in later life; a comparison of the socio-economic differences in children’s behavioural and educational development found in ALSPAC and a US cohort; and the use of genetic data to establish the causal relationship between physical characteristics with a genetic basis, like obesity, and important outcomes, like educational attainment.

The speakers were:

To download presentations, please click on the presentation title above.

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Longitudinal Data Analysis: Multilevel modelling and Structural Equation Modelling Approaches

20-21 September 2010

Venue: University of Bristol

Instructors: Fiona Steele, Kate Tilling, Jon Heron and George Leckie

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The Avon Local Group of the Royal Statistical Society Meeting

Tuesday 26th May 2009, 5-6 pm, Refreshments: Tea at 4.30pm

Venue: Room 410 Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA

Theme: Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)


Economics of Diet and Obesity - 3d ALSPAC Social Science User Group Workshop

Wednesday 20th May 2009

Venue: Goldney Hall, University of Bristol, Lower Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1BH

Workshop Speakers:

2nd ALSPAC Social Science User Group Workshop

Wednesday 1st October 2008

Work Based Learning Centre, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Workshop Speakers

 Programme (PDF, 58kB)

1st ALSPAC Social Science User Group Workshop

Wednesday 21st May 2008

The Centre for Market and Public Organisation, University of Bristol, 2 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TX

10:30 Registration & Coffee
11:00 Data
  David Herrick (ALSPAC)

An Overview of the ALSPAC data resource (Office document, 125kB) (PowerPoint, 125 KB)

  Andy Boyd (ALSPAC)

Matching ALSPAC data to NPD, PLASC, ONS & other external data sets (Office document, 1,075kB)

  Paul Snell (ALSPAC)

Data Availability & Access (Office document, 77kB)

12:30 LunchPosters / Stalls with participating researchers available for discussion
2:00 Methodology
  Paul Clarke (CMPO)

Handling Missing Data on ALSPAC (Office document, 71kB) (PowerPoint, 72 KB)

  David Lawson (UCL)

Deriving and tracking family composition (Office document, 1,175kB) (PowerPoint, 1175 KB)

David W. Lawson, Ruth Mace: Trade-offs in modern parenting: a longitudinal study of sibling competition for parental care (PDF, 346kB)
3:30 Coffee
4:00 Research Results
  Paul Gregg, Carol Propper & Elizabeth Washbrook (CMPO)

Understanding the relationship between parental income and multiple child outcomes: a decomposition analysis (Office document, 1,160kB) (PowerPoint, 1161 KB)

  Marcus Munafo, Jon Heron & Ricardo Araya (UoB)

Smoking patterns during pregnancy and postnatal period and depressive symptoms (Office document, 378kB) (PowerPoint, 378KB)

5:30 Finish