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Professor Jean Golding


Initially I trained as a mathematician.  I spent 3 years as a research fellow in the Dept of Human Genetics & Biometry at University College London where I carried out epidemiological research into the aetiology of birth defects.  At the same time I was working with the 1958 Perinatal Mortality Survey and birth cohort along with Eva Alberman and Neville Butler.  Subsequently I have been involved with large data sets including the 1958 and 1970 national birth cohorts, the Oxford Record Linkage Study and the Jamaican Perinatal Morbidity & Mortality Study.   My analyses of the earlier data sets revealed the difficulties in interpretation of findings without finer detail as to the processes involved. 

A chance meeting with Marcus Pembrey whilst planning a new survey resulted in the design of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents & Children (ALSPAC) with genetic, phenotype and enviromental measures.  I was Scientific and Executive Director of the study from its inception until 31st December 2005.  I am still actively involved in analysis and writing up of the ALSPAC data with particular emphasis on behavioural and neurocognitive outcomes. 

In 1987 I founded the international journal "Paediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology" which is published by Wiley Interscience, although I retired as Editor-in-Chief in 2012.