Professor Jean Golding

Professor Jean Golding

MA(Oxon), PhD(Lond), DSc(Bristol), FSS, FFPHM, MRCPCH, FMedSci

Emeritus Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology

Barley House
Oakfield Grove

Fax Number: (0117) 331 3303
Telephone Number: (0117) 3310198

List of publications (links to IRIS publications database)

Current research and interests

Postgraduate supervision

Personal profile

Jean Golding is an epidemiologist. Initially trained as a mathematician, she spent 3 years as a research fellow in the Department of Human Genetics and Biometry at University College, London where she carried out epidemiological research into the aetiology of birth defects. At the same time she was working with the 1958 Perinatal Mortality Survey and birth cohort with Eva Alberman and Neville Butler.

Throughout her subsequent career, she has been involved with large data sets including the 1958 and 1970 national birth cohorts, and the Oxford Record Linkage Study. Her analyses of these data sets revealed the difficulties in interpretation of findings without finer detail as to the processes involved.

A chance meeting with Marcus Pembrey whilst planning a new survey resulted in the design of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) with genetic, phenotype and environmental measures. She was Scientific and Executive Director of the study from its inception until December 31 2005. She is still actively involved in analysis and writing up of the ALSPAC data with particular emphasis on behavioural and neurocognitive outcomes.

In 1987 she founded the international journal ‘Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology’ which is published by Wiley Interscience. She continues as its Editor-in-Chief