Summer 2015 Edition



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Welcome to the Summer edition of NILS News

Welcome to the latest issue of NILS News which keeps you up-to-date on the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS), and the related Northern Ireland Mortality Study (NIMS), including latest news, events and publications.

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Cancer Outcomes Conference 2015

The Cancer Outcomes Conference 2015 was hosted by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry and took place in Belfast’s Europa Hotel between 8th – 10th June. The Conference theme was, ‘United Against Cancer - locally, nationally and internationally' which built upon the theme of the 2014 conference, "The Power of Information’’, which highlighted how cancer intelligence based on high-quality data is improving the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of cancer in the UK and beyond. NILS-RSU took the opportunity to promote the NILS to over 500 delegates and submitted the advertisement below in the Cancer Outcomes Conference 2015 conference brochure.

The Cancer Outcomes Conference 2015 was an association between the National Cancer Intelligence Network (Public Health England), the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries (UKIACR) and the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR).


NIBPS Conference 2015

One of RSU’s Research Support Officers, Ian Craig, recently gave a presentation on the NILS to delegates attending the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society 2015 Annual Conference. The Conference took place over the 20th- 22nd May 2015 in the Armagh City Hotel. Alternatives to psychiatric diagnosis, sport psychology and the Paralympics, and psychology in the First World War were among the subjects under discussion at the Conference. The 2015 Annual Conference was supported by the local branches of the Divisions of Clinical, Health, Occupational and Forensic Psychology who each had programmes within the conference.


Recent NILS Publications

Since our last newsletter, a number of NILS researchers have had their papers published. Check out the links below to explore the published findings from each project.

·         Doebler, S. (2015) 'Access to a Car and the Self-Reported Health and Mental Health of People Aged 65 and Older in Northern Ireland' Research on Aging, doi: 10.1177/0164027515590424] [Project 081]

·         Maguire, A., O'Reilly, D. (2015) 'Does conurbation affect the risk of poor mental health? A population based record linkage study' Health & Place doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.05.003 [Project 046]

·         Wright, D., Rosato, M. and O'Reilly, D. (2015) 'Urban/rural variation in the influence of widowhood on mortality risk: A cohort study of almost 300,000 couples'. Health & Place,doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.04.003 [Project 040]

For more outputs visit the NILS website.

Research Briefs - There are a range of research briefs online giving an overview of individual projects and some significant findings from the research. These briefs may be helpful when generating project ideas and also to get an idea of the possible policy implications of the research.




Data Releases

Currently the data includes Health Download data until April 2014, GRO Births and Deaths until end 2013 and an updated NIMS11 database with Death data to end 2013 linked to 2011 Census data.

Recent data releases:

  • June 2015: 1981 NILS – new Census link to take the NILS to over 30 years of coverage.
  • June 2015: to include Health Download data until April 2015 and any updated Census variables.
  • June 2015: Historical births dating back to 1974.

The next planned data release is:

  • January 2016: to include Health Download data until October 2015, GRO Births and Deaths until end of 2014.


Next NILS RAG Dates

The NILS Research Approvals Group (NILS RAG) meets every two months to consider applications for approval. A schedule has been released for NILS RAG meetings for the coming months. It should be noted that new applications must be submitted to the NILS-RSU by 5pm TEN WORKING DAYS prior to the RAG meeting for consideration.

RAG Application Deadline








More information on developing potential projects can be found in the Access section of the NILS-RSU website. For more details contact the NILS-RSU.



Charity Mountain Walk

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Friends of the Cancer Centre charity walk to the summit of Slieve Donard on Friday 26th June 2015.  Members of NISRA-RSU, along with colleagues from Census and Demographic Statistics set off from Donard car park and followed the Glen River path totalling a distance of 2.9 miles to the summit at 850m.

The terrain was rocky and the going was slow but after climbing for 2 hours 10 minutes we eventually reached the summit for a well deserved rest and some lunch.  The descent proved just as tough in the sweltering sun and one or two hikers even took to the river to cool off! Although exhausting, the climb was enjoyable and more importantly, we raised over £1500 for the charity with donations still incoming.

To donate online please visit:


Dates For Your Diary

The next Safe researcher training session will take place in McAuley House on 22nd July 2015 at 2pm. Safe researcher training is provided by RSU on a monthly basis.

Keep an eye on the NILS-RSU website and twitter account for more upcoming training dates.

Safe Researcher Training Dates

22nd July 2015 @ 2pm

25th August 2015 @ 2pm

22nd September 2015 @ 2pm

22nd October 2015 @ 2pm

18th November 2015 @ 2pm

11th December 2015 @ 2pm

Please contact NILS-RSU to book your place on Safe researcher training.

NILS-RSU will be closed on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th July and also on Monday 31st August.



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