An Introduction to Life Course Research and Complexity Science
The purpose of the Life Course Visual Toolkit is to increase knowledge about life course research methods and innovative approaches by providing content that is widely available and accessible to researchers across multiple disciplines. This will be accomplished through a platform that allows synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Six Webinars have been designed to advance the process recommendations outlined in, Charting the Life Course: Emerging Opportunities to Advance Scientific Approaches Using Life Course Research, which was recently accepted in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Sciences. The webinars will have three speakers, one giving a broad overview of the subject in a TED-Like talk and two taking a deep dive into the ‘How To’ do this in your own research.
Webinar 1 will be the webinar series kickoff. Dr. Shari Barkin will give an overview of life course research in translational science. She will describe how integrating the life course theoretical framework with complexity science has paradigm-shifting potential for understanding health development across the life course. Dr. Chirag Patel will talk about ways to use machine learning, administrative claims, and other data sources to disentangle the genetic and environmental causes of disease. Dr. Heidi Hanson will describe the creation of a longitudinal, registry-based data source for life course research and how it can be combined with multiple sources of data to gain a deeper understanding of health across the cancer continuum.