The UK is home to the largest and longest-running longitudinal studies in the world. The Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) programme aims to maximise the use, value and impact of these studies both within the UK and abroad.

CLOSER launched on October 1, 2012. This website aims to describe our initial plans and main areas of work. Further resources and materials will be available in the coming months.

Latest from the CLOSER blog

Blog-banner-(Generations-silhouette)Blog on Boyhood

By Jane Elliott

Is  Boyhood the first ever prospective longitudinal film? Does it have any messages for those working on cohort studies?

Last Saturday evening I went to see ‘Boyhood’- Richard Linklater’s unconventional and critically-acclaimed movie filmed over a twelve year period from 2002 to 2013. The planning and commitment that this film must have required is impressive. Read more.


Data sharing and patient records – creating vital resources for health research

By Jane Elliott

T he power of linking different sources of health and biomedical data to create a resource for research is now well recognised. At a fascinating meeting in Paris, organised by the Wellcome Trust and Aviesan on 27th January, several speakers provided examples of research in both France and the UK that has only been possible through linking routine data collected as part of the provision of health services. Read more.