Online Headlines: Microbiome Meets Big Social Science

From the UW-Madison News:

A September workshop sponsored by the Center for the Demography and Health and Aging and the Center for Demography and Ecology, sought to bring UW-Madison biologists and social scientists together to explore the microbial dimensions of human health.

“Until recently, the biologists and the social scientists weren’t talking to each other,” explains Alberto Palloni, a professor of sociology and an organizer of the recent workshop. “We want to see if we can push things beyond small projects by linking to these larger population studies.”

UW-Madison is home to half a dozen very large longitudinal population health studies, including MIDUS (Midlife in the United States), the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, the Beaver Dam Eye Study and Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study, the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study and the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW). The studies follow large cohorts of human subjects for long periods of time. The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, for example, has tracked the life course of more than 10,000 members of the Wisconsin high school class of 1957.

Read more: Microbiome meets big social science: What’s the potential? 

 See also the description and archived webcast of the September workshop, Exploring the Microbiome in Population Health and Social Research


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