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Jean Golding read mathematics at Oxford, but then came across epidemiology and fell in love with what she saw as a series of detective stories, and has continued in the discipline ever since. She has concentrated mainly on maternal and child health and has devoted most of her research career to large birth cohort studies in the UK.

In the early 1990s she initiated the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), an in depth study starting in early pregnancy and following the parents and their offspring throughout infancy, childhood and adolescence (n~14000 children). She retired from the position of Scientific and Executive Director of the study at the end of 2005, but continues to work on various aspects of the survey. In particular, she works together with Prof Marcus Pembrey on inter- and trans-generational influences on the health and development of the child.

She has received honorary doctorates from Bristol and UCL, is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science, and has received an OBE for her contributions to science.

Forthcoming events

UVBO Seminar - Nutrient timing and human health

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ School of Anthropology, 61 Banbury Road, OX2 6PE

NPEU Seminar - Understanding Challenges in Newborn Care to Improve Patient Outcomes

Monday, 28 October 2019, 2pm to 3pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar - Prostate cancer screening and treatment: what is the trial evidence and linked epidemiology?

Tuesday, 29 October 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Health Services Research Unit Methods Group – Clinical Outcome Assessments: Content validity and meaningful change

Tuesday, 05 November 2019, 10.30am to 11.30am @ L1 Meeting room, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar - Cardiovascular research in the Tromsø Study

Tuesday, 05 November 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Seminar rooms, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

WEH/Ethox Seminar - Psychology applied to genomics: understanding the utility of personal genomic information for physical and mental health

Wednesday, 06 November 2019, 11am to 12.30pm @ Seminar room 0, BDI, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF