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BVI links with ALSPAC

3 March 2011

BVI now has an established link with another major Bristol strength - the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC, also known as "Children of the Nineties")

BVI now has an established link with another major Bristol strength  -  the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC, known also as  “Children of the Nineties”). This study is following the lives and development of all children born in the Avon area between 1/4/1991 and 31/12 1992 and originally recruited over 14,000 participants. The study has collected the richest set of phenotype and exposure data for any longitudinal cohort currently in existence (for more and publications, see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/). 

Cathy Williams and a team from Bristol Eye Hospital have worked with the study collecting visual function data since the children were infants. The BVI link is due to the upcoming publication of a study reporting on their visual perceptual capabilities at age 13, and the association between these capabilities and how well they do at school (Visual perceptual difficulties and underattainment at school - in press 2010 PLoS One).  Further work is planned with other BVI researchers to describe the impact and associations of cognitive visual abilities in this uniquely well-documented group of young people.

 

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