Improving the Rigor of Causal Inference

This workshop brought together researchers at the frontier of their fields to begin to address and integrate interdisciplinary approaches to advance knowledge on the developmental origins of health and aging, and to set priorities for future research agendas.

The workshop explored potential synergies with and insights from the biological and the medical sciences, together with recent advances in genetic analysis and rigorous statistical modeling, to advance our understanding of important issues in the field. Key areas for research include:

  • the mechanisms through which genetic endowments and early life conditions affect the evolution of health across the lifecourse;
  • the importance of selection effects in estimating the causal role of social and biological factors relevant to health and ageing;
  • the nature of the selection effects, their evolution across the lifecourse, and the mechanisms through which they operate.