Professor Ray Chambers of NIASRA was a member of an independent international panel of experts, chaired by Professor Pamela Davis-Kean, University of Michigan, that has just published its review of the longitudinal studies funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK. As noted by Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the ESRC, “We are delighted to see that the Longitudinal Studies Review 2017 has recommended that we continue funding this vital area, which stretches to more than £20 million annually. The data from longitudinal studies make an important contribution to social science, providing the basis for unparalleled high quality, interdisciplinary research. Studies of this kind are extremely valuable, especially in demonstrating the complexities of the interaction between inheritance and our wider environment, and how this affects us over our lifetimes.”