ELSA joins the CLOSER consortium


We are pleased to announce that ELSA has joined the CLOSER consortium, in the first phase of its expansion.


CLOSER, the home of longitudinal research, brings together world-leading longitudinal studies with participants born throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. CLOSER's work maximises the use, value and impact of longitudinal studies to help improve our understanding of key social and biomedical challenges.


ELSA is one of 11 new studies joining the consortium, bringing the total number of studies within the partnership to 19.


This exciting development is in response to the progress made by CLOSER since its inception in 2012, changes in the longitudinal studies landscape and an increasing need and desire for studies to work together.

“I am delighted that the first stage of expansion has come to fruition, and I am excited to welcome all 11 new studies to CLOSER in line with my vision to expand and broad CLOSER’s reach. I am very much looking forward to working with them as we continue CLOSER’s commitment to bring the longitudinal studies community together and provide the resources to support their needs.” – Professor Rebecca Hardy, CLOSER Director

As well as welcoming these new studies, CLOSER has already widened membership of its Communities of Practice. These include 3 professional networks designed to cultivate knowledge exchange, share best practice and encourage innovative and collaborative projects, open to all in the wider longitudinal community:

· Data Managers Network

· Data Linkage Working Group

· Longitudinal Communications Network


Professor Andrew Steptoe, Principal Investigator of ELSA said:


“We are very excited to join the CLOSER partnership with 10 other world-leading longitudinal studies. Working together to maximise the rich data and expertise that our studies have to offer is now more important than ever. We are looking forward to working with our CLOSER colleagues to improve our understanding of the challenges facing older people in our society."



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