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Collaborations to maximise potential


Internationally respected researchers collaborate and share responsibility for aspects of the NSHD clinic data collection and the LHA scientific programmes.  

Collaborations with external scientists are vital for maximising the scientific potential of the NSHD. Each LHA programme has named collaborators. A number of these scientists are ‘key collaborators’ who are responsible for aspects of the scientific programmes,  the collection of high quality specialist clinical data or the provision of capacity building fellowships.  

External scientists are also principal investigators, co-investigators, or collaborators on grants awarded by the MRC or other funding bodies for research on the  NSHD. These proposals often include other cohort studies.

LHA staff provide advice to bona fide researchers wishing to access NSHD data for approved research projects.  

LHA currently has research links to many scientists in various academic institutions. A full list of our main collaborators can be found by clicking here

Current collaborations and research grants

Collaborative grants led by LHA

  • Prospective associations between childhood environment and adult mental wellbeing in three UK birth cohorts.  (PI: Dr Mai Stafford)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship 'Resilience and healthy ageing across the life course: A multi-cohort longitudinal analysis of psychological wellbeing and physical adversity'.  (PI: Dr Cosco)
  • Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellowship 'The population impact of delirium on long-term cognitive impairment'.  (PI: Dr Daniel Davis)

Past grants

  • Lifetime affective problems & risk of cardiovascular disease in early old age: a longitudinal birth cohort study.  (Professor Marcus Richards with Professor Matthew Hotopf, Professor John Deanfield, Professor Peter Friberg and Professor Rebecca Hardy)
  • Genetic investigation of life course phenotypes of mental health and cognition. (Professor Marcus Richards, co-led with Professor Peter Jones, University of Cambridge)

Grants led by external scientists with LHA as co-applicants

  • University of Bristol: INTERpreting epigenetic signatures in STudies of Early Life Adversity (InterStELA). (PI: Dr Laura Howe)
  • King's College London: Epigenetic responses to social and environmental cues in early life and over the life course: impact on healthy ageing in UK population-based cohorts. (PI: Dr Jordana Bell)
  • University of Bristol: Early life adversity and trajectories of cardiometabolic health, cognitive function and physical function: improving understanding of the mechanisms and potential reversibility. (PI: Dr Laura Howe)
  • UCL: Cardiometabolic disease prediction, causal analysis and drug development using high-resolution 1H- nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) metabolomics (The UCLEB consortium).  (PI: Professor Aroon Hingorani)
  • University of Aberdeen: MRC National Survey of Health and Development: hip and spine morphologies from DXA images related to osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and low back pain.  (PI: Professor Richard Aspden)
  • UCL: Integrated studies of working later in life: individual and contextual determinants of extended working. (PI: Prof Jenny Head)
  • Oregon Health and Science University and The University of Victoria, Canada: Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging.  (PI: Professor Scott Hofer)
  • Bristol University: Describing habitual levels of physical activity in older people in terms of impact loads and how this relates to bone and other systems.  (PI: Professor Jon Tobias)
  • UCL:  Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER)  (PI: Alison Park)
  • UCL:  NSHD epigenetic study.  (PI: Professor Martin Widschwendter)
  • UCL: MRC National Survey of Health and Development Neuroimaging sub-study (Insight 46).  (PI: Professor Marcus Richards/ Professor Nick Fox/Dr Jonathan Schott)
  • Bristol University: The menopausal transition & healthy ageing & wellbeing.  (PI: Professor Debbie Lawlor)
  • The University College London, Edinburgh and Bristol Consortium of population based prospective studies for a programme in applied and translational cardiovascular genomics. (PI: Professor Aroon Hingorani)

Other Collaborations (as part of a consortium)

  • InterLACE: A new International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to Women's Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease Events
  • University College London, Edinburgh and Bristol Consortium of population based prospective studies (UCLEB)
  • Causal Analysis Research in Tobacco and Alcohol (CARTA)

Previous grants

  • Healthy Ageing Across the Life Course (HALCyon, PI: Professor Diana Kuh)
  • Function Across the Life Course (FALCon, PI: Professor Rebecca Hardy)
  • St. George’s Hospital Medical School, Glasgow University, Imperial College and University College London on novel risk markers for cardiovascular disease. (PI: Professor Peter Whincup)
  • University of Victoria, Canada on integrative analysis of functional and cognitive change in the IALSA and HALCyon longitudinal research networks. (PI: Professor Scott Hofer)
  • Institute of Ageing at Newcastle University: an inter-cohort study of the effects of biomarkers of ageing (such as telomere length) on longevity, health and function status (PI: Professor Thomas von Zglinicki)
  • MRC Human Nutrition Research: a study of lifetime eating behaviours and their impact on chronic disease (PI: Dr Alison Stephen)
  • MRC Human Nutrition Research: Nutrition through the lifecourse and skeletal health at age 60 to 64 years.  (PI: Dr Kate Ward)
  • Newcastle University: MRC Guidelines on (bio)Markers of Healthy Ageing. (PI: Professor John Mathers)
  • Imperial College London and a European FP7 consortium: a study on the effects of lifetime pollution exposure on decline in adult lung function (PI: Dr Anna Hansell)
  • Imperial College London: a study of the life course health effects of air pollution on cardiorespiratory morbidity. (PI: Dr Anna Hansell)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Birmingham University on renal function (PI: Dr Dorothea Nitsch)

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