ELSPAC in the Isle of Man
ELSPAC in the Isle of Man is a birth cohort study which followed the families of children born on the island in the early 1990s. It's one of a group of similar studies set up across Europe at that time, known as the European Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood (ELSPAC), which includes the study based in Brno (previously in Czechoslovakia, now in the Czech Republic) and the ALSPAC study in Bristol. Data collection continued on the Isle of Man until 2008, by which time a wealth of information had been gathered.
ELSPAC in the news
An article about ALSPAC in the Isle of Man appeared in the press on the island in September 2018. Follow the link below to read it...
Does the acronym ELSPAC mean anything to you? If so, you are probably one of 800 parents who took part in a birth cohort study, which followed the families of children born in the Isle of Man in the early 1990s, writes Sue Woolley: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=42540
The end of an era
In 2014, following the retirement of study director Stephanie Goodfellow, the ownership of the study and its data passed on to the University of Bristol. More details about the transfer, the people involved in running the study, and a farewell message can be viewed on the change of ownership page.
A profile of the cohort was published in 2012, and provides detailed information on how the study was set up and data collected. We aim to make these data available to bona fide researchers, allowing the information collected to be used to its full potential. If you are interested in making use of this resource, please see our data access page for more details.
We would also love to keep in touch with study participants. Your hard work in completing questionnaires and attending clinics allowed this collection of data to be built, and is hugely appreciated. In the years since the last questionnaires were sent out many of you will have moved house or changed name. Please see the panel to the right for more information about contacting us.
If you have any queries or comments and wish to contact us, we can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get in touch
Over the years we've lost touch with many of the participants in this study. We would love to hear from any study members – mums, dads or children – to hear what you're up to now. If you're happy for us to get in touch please email us your up-to-date contact details using the link below, also telling us the names and dates of birth of the study mum and child. We need this information so that we can correctly identify you on the database.