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DPUK's Autumn Academy is an annual, week-long series of online presentations, lectures and guided tutorials aimed at helping researchers enhance their data science skillsets.

Our next event will be held from Monday 21 to Friday 25 November 2022 and will focus on the theme of longitudinal methods.

Apply here by midday UK time on Monday 17 October. 

The Autumn Academy is aimed at experienced data analysts who are seeking to expand their repertoire of cohort analysis techniques. Participants work with cohort data in the DPUK Data Portal to learn new skills and work on real research projects. The Data Portal is a dementia-optimised health research data repository featuring 60 cohorts and over 3.5 million individual participants.

Each day of the event involves morning presentations and lectures on themed areas of dementia research and specific longitudinal cohort analysis techniques. Afternoon sessions allow participants to work on research projects using real-world data from cohorts in the DPUK Data Portal.

Topics include:

  • Longitudinal logistic and linear modelling
  • Cox regression and survival analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Machine learning


Teaching will be carried out using the Brains for Dementia Research (BDR) and English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) cohorts.


Applicants should feel able to competently run and interpret linear and logistic regression analyses. A minimum familiarity with R or equivalent programmable statistical package (such as STATA or Python) is required.

Course fee: £100

DPUK's Autumn Academy complements the Spring Academy, which is aimed at beginner analysts.


The programme for the DPUK Autumn Academy 2022