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 65 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 Unit is to realise the scientific potential
of the NSHD as a world class, interdisciplinary life course study
of ageing by:
- Scientific discovery of life course influences on normal and
- Transfer of knowledge to policymakers, health practitioners,
and other research users
- Promotion of healthy ageing