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)Following lives – a guest post from the FCO Science & Innovation Network

By Sunil Kumar

I have been intrigued by Cohort studies ever since I learnt about it when I was working on colonies of ants during my M.Sc.

In the last few months, I have learnt quite a lot about cohort studies in humans. Especially during the last two workshops that we had organised with partner organisations – one on ‘Ageing‘ and the other on ‘Mental Health‘. 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.