ALSPAC - looking forward

Nic Timpson commenting on the exciting future plans for the next 5-10 years of the study.

ALSPAC is funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust, and is preparing the next five years of core activity. Our objective is to work with our participants, funders, the University of Bristol, collaborators and industry colleagues to maximise the impact of ALSPAC.

We have an established research platform – based on a rich back collection of data and samples, established record linkages – and also an efficient and connected research infrastructure available for new and exciting research.  

The ALSPAC index participants – the original “Children of the 90s” are currently going through a series of unmissable life course events within unique era conditions. ALSPAC participants are moving into a phase of pre-morbid early-middle age (32-39 over the course of the next 5 years), having children at a maximum rate for the study (mirroring their G0 parents’ first ALSPAC experience, biosamples and data) and are engaging with an age of independence associated with changes in support networks, familial responsibility, employment and opportunities. Recognising this, we are already working with the ALSPAC Board, Independent Scientific Advisory Board and existing study CoIs to design how best to keep going and want to invite stakeholders from multiple domains to contribute to this process.  

This page will be regularly updated with developments of our application and, where possible, we will share material, plans, dates and opportunities as they arise.

The more science is conducted, the more valuable the resource is. So, if you have a research question you think we can help with please don't hesitate to get in touch, either by emailing ALSPAC's Principal Investigator, Professor Nic Timpson (, or by checking the main ALSPAC contacts page.

Get in touch!

If you have a research question, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Email ALSPAC's Principal Investigator, Professor Nic Timpson (, or see the ALSPAC contacts page.

The work you [ALSPAC] are doing across generations is unique and will be very valuable for sure. The fact that the UK has these great longitudinal studies and that we can harness them now for understanding the impacts of a new disease is something that will help inform the world. Thanks so much to you and your team … I appreciate the quality, speed and breadth of what you are doing. I know other [sic] feel the same and I have received many glowing reports.

Professor Sir Patrick Vallance, March 2021

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