By combining existing 30 years of data on environmental exposures (social, behavioural, cardiometabolic, inflammatory) and chronic disease among with repeat assessment of cognitive and motor function (5 measures from 1997 to 2015) Whitehall II is uniquely positioned internationally to disability and dementia.

Current Research on Ageing

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Ageing is not characterised by universal decline. Rather, variations in the speed of ageing result in people of the same age becoming increasingly dissimilar in terms of cognitive capability, mental and physical health and functioning over time. 

Understanding the causes of this age-related individual heterogeneity and its distribution by social group is the core focus of our current work. 

In addition to providing insights into individual and social differences in the development of frailty, disability, dependence, and dementia, our work enables the determination of optimal time windows and targets for interventions that maximize the potential for healthy-ageing and independent living. 

Our recent research highlights are:

Generalizability of Whitehall II findings
Cognitive Ageing and Dementia
Cardiometabolic Health
Physical Functioning and Mental Health
Socioeconomic and occupational stressors