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The Medical Research Council (MRC) National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD)

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Oldest of the British birth cohort studies. It is unique in having data from birth on the health and social circumstances . Objectives: Scientific discovery of life course, influences on normal and healthy ageing, Transfer of knowledge to policymakers, health practitioners, and other research users. The study set up to address these questions: 1. why the national fertility rate had been falling consistently since the middle of the 19th century?; 2. what was the national distribution and use of obstetric medical and midwifery services, and how far do they prevent premature and infant death, and promote the health of mothers and infants? **General contact: mrclha.enquiries@ucl.ac.uk** **Data access: mrclha.swiftinfo@ucl.ac.uk **
Start Year
1946
Funding
Nuffield Foundation and the National Birthday Trust Fund
Supplementary Information
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Survey_of_Health_%26_Development
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Professor Diana Kuh
    University College London

Design

Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Babies have been followed up 24 times.
Supplementary Information
https://mrc.ukri.org/

Marker Paper

Chua SYL, Thomas D, Allen N, Lotery A, Desai P, Patel P, Muthy Z, Sudlow C, Peto T, Khaw PT, Foster PJ; UK Biobank Eye & Vision Consortium. Cohort profile: design and methods in the eye and vision consortium of UK Biobank. BMJ Open. 2019 Feb 21;9(2):e025077. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025077.

PUBMED 30796124

Recruitment

Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
5,362
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Men and women born in England, Scotland or Wales in March 1946

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other

Availability of access information

On the study website : https://www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk/about-us/