Cohort Methods and Applications in Human Biology

9 - 11 September 2019

Oxford Brookes University

Cohort Methods and Applications in Human Biology

Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, Clerici Building, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP
This will be a focused yet interdisciplinary meeting with a maximum of 120 participants. We particularly welcome abstracts from researchers in disciplines other than human biology who work on cohorts – including epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, demography, and health sciences.

The 60th Anniversary SSHB Conference

Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, Clerici Building, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP. Download campus map here.

Since the inception of the Society for the Study of Human Biology in 1958, cohort studies have played a central role in the advancement of many of the key pillars of human biology, including growth and development, structural morphology and physiology, ageing and functional decline, and more-recently lifelong health and well-being. While previous SSHB conferences have focused on such topics, none has considered the contribution of cohort studies to the field of human biology.

The 2019 conference will include a mixture of invited talks and presentations (oral and poster) on:

  • methods employed within cohort studies that are relevant to human biology (e.g., measurement of novel phenotypes, linkage to routine health records, and statistical analysis techniques for biological data)
  • applications that demonstrate the use of cohort data from one or more studies to answer novel, important human biology research questions (e.g., on life course processes and relationships, intergenerational effects or transmission, and secular trends or geographical variation).

We look forward to seeing you in Oxford!

Dr Will Johnson and Professor Tim Cole

Abstract submission and registration are now closed


Read the Abstracts here.

Confirmed plenary speakers

Tim Cole, University College London, UK

Tim Cole is a statistician with a particular interest in the statistics of body size, child growth and development. He has been employed by the UK Medical Research Council since 1970, working successively at the Pneumoconiosis Research Unit in South Wales, the Dunn Nutrition Unit in Cambridge, and since 1999 as External Scientific Staff at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed articles in statistical methodology, lung function, nutrition, paediatrics, growth, development and obesity. He developed the LMS method to construct growth references, used in the UK, USA, WHO and elsewhere, and more recently the SITAR method for analysing growth curves. In 1979 he proposed the use of body mass index (BMI) to assess adiposity in children, and his international BMI cut-offs to define child thinness, overweight and obesity, published in 2000, have been cited over 8000 times.

Jennifer Baker, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, Denmark

Jennifer L. Baker is a life course epidemiologist with a focus on how body size and growth in childhood relate to the risk of adult disease. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen and a research group leader at the Center for Clinical Research and Prevention. Jennifer’s group has established that childhood body size and growth are differentially associated with adult diseases, including several forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Jennifer is the co-chair of the Childhood Obesity Task Force for the European Association for the Study of Obesity.

Chris Kuzawa, Northwestern University, USA

Christopher Kuzawa is a biological anthropologist with interests in developmental biology, human evolution, and health. He is Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD in Anthropology and MSPH in Epidemiology from Emory University. His research explores developmental influences on adult biology and health, the psychobiology of human fatherhood, non-genetic forms of biological inheritance, and the energetics and evolution of the human brain.

Other confirmed speakers

  • Andrew Bell, University of Sheffield
  • Noel Cameron, Loughborough University
  • Sinead English, University of Bristol
  • Darya Gaysina, University of Sussex
  • Rebecca Hardy, University College London
  • Katie Harron, University College London
  • Barbara Heude, Paris Descartes University
  • Amanda Hughes, University of Bristol
  • Will Johnson, Loughborough University
  • Claire Llewellyn, University College London
  • Sophie Moore, Kings College London
  • Ken Ong, University of Cambridge


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