Study progress

Follow-up questionnaire
An exciting time is approaching for COSMOS as we prepare to launch the study’s first follow-up questionnaire. Soon, three thousand randomly selected participants will be asked to take part in the pilot follow-up questionnaire. A few months later, the rest of the cohort will be invited to participate in the questionnaire. Keep an eye out for more information from COSMOS – watch this space!
Updated website launch
As you may have noticed, the entire COSMOS website has now been revamped! The online home of the study now looks modern, sleek and new. We have also redesigned the site so it is easier to navigate, and information is easier to find. Finally, there is also brand new content across the site. Why not explore now and let us know what you think?
Cohort profile paper published
The team have produced a new paper reporting on the most important part of the study: Our participants. Published in November 2015, the paper explores the formation and make-up of the cohort in detail, including statistics on location, gender, ethnicity, obesity, health and well-being and mobile phone usage. The paper describes the study’s aims and research methods, including the scope of the data collected and the importance of data linkage to routine health registry records and network operator mobile phone use data.
For an in-depth look at the cohort, the paper is available here: ‘Cohort profile: ‘Cohort profile: UK COSMOS—a UK cohort for study of environment and health’
Paper published
The first UK COSMOS paper was recently published in July 2015 as is now available to read online. Based on our own experiences with the UK COSMOS cohort, this paper sets out the dos and don’ts for today's cohort studies and provides a guide on how best to take advantage of new technologies and innovative methods to simplify logistics and minimise costs.
If you’re interested in how the study was created, this paper is a must-read. Following the set-up of the study from the very beginning, it explores some of the challenges we faced establishing a cohort from scratch, and how we balanced the need to sign up the maximum number of people with keeping the recruitment process as quick and easy as possible – all working to strict time and budget constraints.
The paper is freely available here: 'How to Establish and Follow up a Large Prospective Cohort study in the 21st Century - Lessons from UK’

Mobile Phones in the News

The New York Times, 1 January 2016 ‘At C.D.C. a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk’
01 Jan
The Guardian, 29 March 2013 ‘Electrosensitivity: is technology killing us?’
29 Mar
BBC News, 21 October 2011, ‘Mobile phone brain cancer link rejected’
21 Oct
Al Jazeera, 17 May 2010, ‘Phone-cancer link ‘inconclusive’
17 May
Financial Times, 23 April 2010 ‘Study to assess health risk from mobile phone use’
23 Apr
Independent, 23 April 2010 ‘Study to examine cancer risk in mobile phone use’
23 Apr
BBC News, 22 April 2010, ‘Study to probe mobile health risk’
22 Apr
The Guardian, 22 April 2010, ‘Health of 250,000 mobile phone users to be tracked’
22 Apr
Reuters, 22 April 2010, ‘Biggest study on cellphone health effects launched’
22 Apr

Newsletter

Since the UK COSMOS Study launched in 2009 we have issued several e-newsletters to our participants to provide updates on the progress of the UK COSMOS Study and the international COSMOS Study. We look forward to sending further e-newsletters to help keep our participants up to date, and previous e-newsletters can be viewed or downloaded by clicking the links below:
e-newsletters
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