The MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
at UCL (LHA) is the home of the MRC National Survey of
Health and Development (NSHD).
The NSHD, the oldest of the British birth cohort studies, is
unique in having data from birth on the health and social
circumstances of a representative sample (N=5362) of men and women
born in England, Scotland or Wales in March 1946.
The mission of the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at
UCL is to:
- identify social and biological factors that affect lifelong
health, ageing and the development of chronic disease risk by using
and enhancing the NSHD and other population-based studies;
- exchange knowledge gained with policymakers, health
practitioners and other research users, and promote public
understanding of healthy ageing.