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Mrs Yaz Iles-Caven

Mrs Yaz Iles-Caven

Mrs Yaz Iles-Caven

Research Associate in Child Health

Office BG16
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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January 2018 to September 2020.  I shall be mainly working on another JTF funded grant: “Transgenerational non-genetic pathways to human development” (PIs: Jean Golding and Marcus Pembrey).  A large part of this project will involve my carrying out a validation exercise (interviewing 100 families about their ancestors).  This will validate data from questionnaires to the whole cohort about accuracy of obtaining information concerning the early lives of grandparents and great grandparents, especially in regards to smoking, life events and other stressors.

Nov 2015-Aug 2018.  Employed on a John Templeton Foundation (JFT) grant:  “To study the origins and determinants of internal locus of control, to identify the consequences and guide the creation of efficacious interventions”. This project has resulted in 4 published papers, with another 5 submitted and 8 papers planned (as of 23.10.17).  (PIs = Jean Golding and Stephen Nowicki at Emory University).  This is a most exciting project, as one’s locus of control (LOC) can impact on almost every part of life from academic achievement, business success to mental and physical health outcomes.  In particular, I am looking at religiousness and harsh parenting in relation to parental LOC.

2015 – 2017         Two successive grants from the Escher Family Fund (PI = Jean Golding), looking at   grandmaternal prenatal smoking and its possible link with autism, autistic traits and other neurodevelopmental problems: an epidemiological analysis of population based data.  This project has resulted in a couple of papers.

Past projects:

Between 2014 and 2016 my main theme of interest was the European Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ELSPAC) of which the Avon study (ALSPAC or Children of the 90s) was a component.  The historical importance of the Avon study and the influences of it, not only on subsequent longitudinal birth cohorts, but also on policy makers within the wider medical research community.  ELSPAC faced many difficulties including the fall of the Eastern bloc and subsequent economic hardships faced by those countries makes a fascinating comparison with Avon.  I prepared the ALSPAC Administrative Archive for submission to the University of Bristol Library's Special Collections, and obtained oral histories from significant individuals involved in the planning and implementation of the study.  This was funded by an Alumni donation, but the actual archiving work has been undertaken by a dedicated archivist employed on a Wellcome Trust grant specifically to archive and catalogue the administrative papers.

Concurrently with the above, I worked with Caroline Taylor and Pauline Emmett on a project entitled 'Picking eating in the ALSPAC cohort: Determinants and related health outcomes".   



Bristol Medical School (PHS)

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