MRC National Survey of Health and Development

The Medical Research Council (MRC) National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) is the oldest of the British birth cohort studies. It 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 NSHD is housed within the MRC Unit of Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL (LHA), which was established in 2008 and has been directed by Nish Chaturvedi since 2017.

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About Us

Find out more about the NSHD and it's history

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Data collections

Learn more about the studies we are conducting


Data sharing

Learn about how to access NSHD data and our DOI's



Learn about the annual birthday cards, as well as the 65th and 70th birthday celebrations



Found out more about what we have learnt and our publications

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