Today the 1000th study using data from the ALSPAC, or Children of the 90s, cohort study has been published in the European Journal of Human Genetics. It’s just one of the many findings to have come out of the study, which has analysed the health and development of 14,000 children since the early 1990s. But what’s it like to grow up as a member of the cohort? Here Libby Ford, whose mother enrolled in ALSPAC when she was pregnant, tells us how it feels to know she’s contributing to medical research.
Growing up it felt perfectly normal to participate in Children of the 90s, as most of the children in my small village primary school did too. But as I grew up I realised that this wasn’t just a part of your average childhood, but actually something special which contributed to valuable research. I feel extremely privileged to have been a part of it.
I still participate in the annual research sessions and questionnaires, and I even opt to take part in further research sessions where I can. I’ve always liked going to the sessions; the staff always made them feel fun, and now I also understand they have a lasting importance. Read more