The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC): a multi-generation, longitudinal resource focusing on life course health and wellbeing


  • Dr Nicholas Timpson

    University of Bristol

Project summary

Between April 1991 and December 1992, we enrolled more than 14,000 pregnant women resulting in 14,062 live births. Mothers, fathers, children and now grandchildren from this recruitment have been followed up at multiple timepoints and a wide variety of samples and outcome measures have been collected.

Our mission is to ensure the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) remains the premier multigenerational birth cohort, offering unrivalled access to data and samples. We will look after the existing samples and data, improve visibility and access to the existing resource, maximise the connection of administrative data and continue collecting new data and samples.

Maintaining such a valuable resource will enable research that is uniquely equipped to follow changes in health and wellbeing across the lifespan and how changes in society affect the health and wellbeing of families going through similar events 30 years apart.