The MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing (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 to age 67 years 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 is
- 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.