The largest ever UK-wide study of babies and young people has had its own naming ceremony, being officially launched as ‘Life Study’ at major UK conference.....read more
Organised by the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
The MRC Unit for Lifelong Healthy Aging (LHA) will be holding a series of workshops on the MRC National Survey for Health and Development (NSHD). ...read more
As part of the Generations Apart project on Radio 4, Ben Goldacre, medic and author of the Bad Science Column, explores the past, present and future of longitudinal research. Includes interviews with pioneers of epidemiology involved in the 1946 cohort study and the new UK Birth Cohort Study.
Through tracking individuals over time, cohort studies provide information about their life trajectories, helping to capture and understand the effects of social and economic change and the impact of policy interventions on their health and well being. Cohort studies are therefore powerful research resources, providing important insights into the complex interplay between biological, environmental, social, economic and health related experiences and conditions.
The UK has a unique and internationally renowned collection of cohort studies spanning over 65 years. You can find out more about them through this website.