The NCATS Life Course Research Visual Toolkit is an asynchronous population health science series broken down into broader themes within the discipline.
Life course research embraces the complexity of health and disease development, tackling the extensive interactions between genetics and the environment. Recent advances in computational analytics, computer science, and data collection allow for the integration of a “life course” theoretical framework and complexity science for understanding health and development across the lifespan.
The Life Course Visual Toolkit serves to increase knowledge about innovative life course research methods by providing content that is widely available and accessible to researchers across multiple disciplines. The toolkit includes six full-length Webinars designed to advance the process recommendations outlined in , Charting the Life Course: Emerging Opportunities to Advance Scientific Approaches Using Life Course Research. These webinars have also been parsed into shorter 5 – 10 minute videos to accommodate the asynchronous learner. The video archive includes both broad overviews of the subject matter and ‘How To’ videos that describe best practices for applying data science and complex methodological techniques to life course research questions. Use of the Toolkit in classrooms and for training of junior investigators is encouraged.
The innovative NCATS Life Course Research Visual Toolkit was created to advance the recommendations outlined in, Charting the Life Course: Emerging Opportunities to Advance Scientific Approaches Using Life Course Research.