Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


MRC Unit of Lifelong Health & Ageing at UCL

Website: www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk

The MRC Lifelong Health & Ageing Unit at UCL 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 healthy ageing 
  • Transfer of knowledge to policymakers, health practitioners, and other research users
  • Promotion of healthy ageing