29 March 2012
ALSPAC (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, also known as Children of the 90s) celebrates its 21st birthday this year.
To mark this major milestone, scientists from all over the world are attending a one-day conference at At-Bristol on Wednesday18 April to discuss the extensive and wide-ranging research they have carried out using data collected from ALSPAC (Children of the 90s) study families over the past 21 years. Speakers include ALSPAC’s founder Professor Jean Golding OBE and Scientific Director Professor George Davey Smith.
The conference is free and open to all University staff but advance booking by Wednesday 4 April is essential.
After the conference, there will be a free public lecture at 6pm in At-Bristol by Professor Alice Roberts, entitled ‘Nariokotome Boy: How can a one-and-a-half-million-year-old skeleton of a young boy shed light on what it means to be human?’.
Professor Roberts will tackle some of the questions that have been puzzling scientists since Nariokotome Boy – the most complete skeleton of any of our ancestors – was discovered in 1984. How old was this boy when he died? Did he have a congenital disease which affected his spine and ribs? And just how 'human' was he?
The lecture is free and open to the public but advance booking by Wednesday 4 April is essential.
For more information about the conference and lecture, please contact ALSPAC.
ALSPAC Scientific Director Professor Geoge Davey Smith