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Miss Karen Birmingham

Miss Karen Birmingham

Miss Karen Birmingham
R.G.N., R.M.N.

Research Fellow

Office Room BG16
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 3310191


My main interest at present is the historical importance of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and the influence of this study, not only on subsequent longitudinal birth cohorts, but also on policy makers within the wider medical research community.  I am working on the archiving of the ALSPAC Administrative Archive, including obtaining oral histories from significant individuals involved in the planning and implementation of the study.  Having been secretary of the ALSPAC Ethics and Law Committee for 15 years, I have a particular interest in the development of policies when genetic material was first obtained from epidemiological birth cohorts.


Karen Birmingham has a background in general and psychiatric nursing, specialising in psychosocial nursing and therapeutic communities. She has worked for ALSPAC since 1988 in a number of roles including piloting biological samples and questionnaires, supervising medical data abstraction and for 15 years Secretary of the ALSPAC Ethics and Law Committee. She created the ALSPAC Ethics Archive which has been incorporated into the ALSPAC Administrative Archive which is housed in the University of Bristol Library Special Collections and in 2018, published a book detailing the early work of the Committee.



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