The MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL (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 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 at UCL is to identify the biological, environmental, and socioeconomic determinants acting throughout life of older age physical and mental function, loss of resilience and disease.  These insights will inform the design and timing of interventions to optimise resilience and enhance healthy ageing.

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