In the UK there over 3 million people in the UK who have participated in one of around 50 different longitudinal population studies (LPS), for example in a cohort in survey that collects information repeatedly over time. The wealth of different types of information collected from participants – from their genes and the way they choose to live, to their local environment, to what they think and feel, and the services they access – creates extremely valuable research resources that can be used to understand many of the big societal and global challenges facing the world today, from child poverty, health, disease and wellbeing, changing demography, globalisation and inequalities.
Population Research UK is a new research initiative that will seek to bring the data from individual longitudinal research studies together and make them more findable and accessible to research, and benefit from the additional research power that comes from combining and linking data. HDR UK are scoping the development of PRUK on behalf of the Economic & Social Research Council, Medical Research Council and Wellcome.
After an initial consultation earlier this year on the needs and opportunities of UK longitudinal population studies, we would like to go through the proposals and recommendations for PRUK with you to find out more about the public perspective.
This will be a 1 hour and 30-minute workshop on Tuesday 17 August 2021, 1.30pm – 3pm, where we will explore your ideas and thoughts around PRUK and what you believe to be the benefits to the public from this project. You do not need to have an understanding of longitudinal population studies, but an interest in them and health data research would be useful.
To register your interest in attending this workshop, please complete this Eventbrite form by 5pm 10 August 2021. We will be in touch by Friday 13 August to confirm whether we have been able to allocate you a place and to share any pre-meeting materials you may need to give you some more background information.
If you would like to ask any questions about PRUK or this workshop, please email Alice (Public Engagement and Involvement Officer, HDR UK, Alice.Dowden@hdruk.ac.uk) and Sinduja (Public Engagement and Involvement Manager, HDR UK, Sinduja.Manohar@hdruk.ac.uk).